Innovative Savings Groups Support Small Businesses in Angola

A movement is afoot in Angola that is empowering women and families to improve their lives and it involves an innovative community-based Savings with Education program. Using an integrated approach,  ...
Read More

Episcopal Relief & Development Fair Trade Project Begins

Farmer and author Wendell Berry is known to have said, “Do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you.” I have been thinking about this quote a lot lately, when I consider my...
Read More

Rogation Days: Holy Neighborliness

Rogationtide is fast becoming my favorite Church season that was once rarely talked about but now is making a come back. Maybe it’s the renewed interest in gardening and the relationship it has...
Read More

Mother's Day: Hopes and Dreams

Being in New York, I live some 2,500 miles away from my mom.  She is in Seattle embracing an active retirement with my dad and creating a wonderful second ‘career’ that involves living out a long time...
Read More

The Hitel Family: No Strings Attached

Each day, Jamie and Sarah Hitel are surrounded by children: three of their own and dozens of others. She’s a teacher and he’s the music director at Christ Church in Greenwich, CT. Maybe it’s all those...
Read More

Decades of Grassroots Learning Equips E-CARE to Help Transform Region

I live in a house located about 50 yards up a slippery dirt and limestone path, on the side of a valley that surrounds Poblacion Tadian. The house, luckily for me, is also situated at a prime vantage...
Read More

World Malaria Day: Invest in the Future

The World Health Organization reports that “we are winning the fight against malaria,” but warns there is the risk of resurgence if we don’t take care to sustain the gains made so far against...
Read More

Green Hills School and NetsforLife®: Changing the World Through Innovation

Imagine a classroom where there are no desks, and where students are encouraged to write directly on the table in front of them. Imagine a classroom where students are given the latest technology to...
Read More

Reflections for the New Year: Real People. Real Hope. Real Life.

When Bishop Bainbridge called me eight years ago and asked me to consider joining the board of Episcopal Relief & Development, I could not have been more pleased. When any of us signs on as a...
Read More

Advent: Seeking and Serving Christ in All Persons

I don’t have too many memories of Advent from my childhood (the sense of waiting and preparation that I recall as a child came from the more secular concerns about new toys and a holiday meal!) but we...
Read More

World AIDS Day: Fighting Stigma and Illness in Honduras

By Faith Rowold and Ximena Diego. ------------------------------ Today's feature story explores the vital work of our partner Siempre Unidos. It started with an Episcopal priest in Honduras...
Read More

Celebrating and Sharing Abundance at Thanksgiving Tables and Worldwide!

My family tradition for Thanksgiving was, like many others, built around a spectacular communal meal. At least 15 members of my extended family would gather around the oval oak dining room table with...
Read More

Advent Lessons from The Sound of Music, or a Few of Our Favorite Things…

In my past life, I was an active theatrical director and designer.  For a few years, I taught theater at a wonderful private school in Texas.  During this time I helped to establish a theater program...
Read More

Mobile Health Clinic: A Path to Dignity and Wholeness

I first met the people of the Diocese of El Salvador in 2001 when I visited there in response to a series of earthquakes that had flattened the country.  I traveled with a dedicated slate of church...
Read More

Resilient Communities Grow to Help Others

On November 8, 2013, the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded hit the central islands of the Philippines. The islands of Leyte and Samar were hit the hardest, with more than 6,000 dead and...
Read More

An Historical Journey: 75 Years of Healing a Hurting World

I’m excited to introduce Episcopal Relief & Development’s virtual timeline, featuring key moments in our 75 Years of Healing a Hurting World. Our team has been hard at work — scouring the archives,...
Read More

Gifts of Love, Gifts for Life!

Advent is a season to anticipate the coming of Christ. And what better way to celebrate the spirit of the Christ Child, than to love one another as Christ loved us! In my work on the Engagement team...
Read More

El Dia de los Muertos: Leave a Legacy

Around my house, we have a special love for la Dia de los Muertos. Well before we had children, my wife and I collected Dia de los Muertos art from Mexico. Being a physical therapist, my wife has...
Read More

Combatting Ebola Requires Informed Dialogue

Last month Program Officer Abiy Seifu zoomed in on the Ebola crisis by sharing a story about how our program partners are responding to the outbreak on the ground. This month we zoom out as we learn...
Read More

Superstorm Sandy: Rebuilding and Recovery

When Hurricane Sandy hit the US East Coast two years ago, I was hunkered down with my cat in our apartment in Brooklyn.  Encouraged by our US Disaster Program staff and having gone through Hurricane...
Read More