Episcopal Relief & Development is the international relief and development agency of the Episcopal Church and is an independent 501(c)(3) organization, headquartered in New York City and with a regional office in Accra, Ghana. They work with local Anglican Communion, ecumenical partners and other local organizations to transform lives and empower communities in four core program areas: alleviating hunger, creating economic opportunities, promoting health and responding to disasters.

Faith Affiliation: Christianity

Mission: All of Episcopal Relief & Development’s international development programs seek to mobilize local resources and expertise toward sustainable, community-led programs that address poverty, hunger and disease. In disaster response and recovery work, they seek to build resilience and reduce risk at every stage.

What inspires Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD)? Their work to heal a hurting world is guided by the principles of compassion, dignity and generosity. Their mandate is from Jesus’ words found in Matthew 25:37-40 to feed the hungry, care for the sick and welcome the stranger.

Key Facts: Working in approximately 40 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and the United States, ERD programs impact the lives of approximately 3 million people annually.

Key SDGs Addressed:  1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15 and 16.

– Interview with ERD President from the Berkley Center at Georgetown University

GBV Liberia Program with the Episcopal Church of Liberia Relief and Development. Photos taken during 16 Days of Activism – Nov 2017 (pc: Vanessa Pfizer)

Boima Gailor (ECLRD M&E Manager) uses a Facts, Association, Meaning and Action card (FAMA) on compromise of GBV cases to initiate dialogue from community members at 16 Days of activism rally in Cestos City, Rivercess County (Liberia).
Photo credit: Vanessa Pizer, Episcopal Relief & Development

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