Case Study: Angola | Savings & Empowerment
Angola continues to suffer the repercussions of a 27-year civil war that ended in 2002 and left the country’s infrastructure in disarray. Health and social services, water and sanitation systems and other essentials are lacking in many areas.
Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Anglican Diocese of Angola on an integrated approach to tackle the most urgent health issues. Local volunteers, including participants from women’s groups and youth groups, work to educate and mobilize their communities to prevent diseases such as malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia – the three leading causes of death for children under five.
We are also working with the Angola Mothers’ Union to promote Savings with Education groups that empower women with financial resources to improve health and nutrition in their households. In addition to supporting savings activities, meetings feature discussions on good health practices, maintaining a clean environment, preventing domestic and gender-based violence and strengthening financial literacy.
In 2016, Episcopal Relief & Development and the Church of Angola launched a three-year water and sanitation program in Songo Municipality, Uige Province, supported in part by a $1.5 million grant from USAID.