Responding to Cyclone Idai in Southern Africa

November 15, 2012

This month’s Power of Partnerships celebrates the success of an agricultural program in San Fransisco Libre, Nicaragua, where Episcopal Relief & Development partner organization CEPAD has engaged farmers in developing a set of best practices that work with the local environment. Rocky soil and scant rainfall pose challenges, but by employing innovative water and soil conservation techniques, the farmers are improving the quality of the soil and increasing the productivity of the land. By growing more diverse crops and reaping bigger harvests, families are able to increase household nutrition and sell their surplus produce for income which they can invest in land, equipment and education for their children.

Please note that the Power of Partnerships and Friends of Episcopal Relief & Development web features are now on an alternating schedule. The next Friends of Episcopal Relief & Development will be published in December.

The Power of Partnerships and Friends of Episcopal Relief & Development web features present stories about the agency’s partners in the US and worldwide. Visit www.episcopalrelief.org to read past installments, find information about our programs or make a contribution. You can also call 1.855.312.HEAL (4325). Gifts can be mailed to Episcopal Relief & Development, PO Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.

Episcopal Relief & Development is the international relief and development agency of the Episcopal Church and an independent 501(c)(3) organization. The agency takes its mandate from Jesus’ words found in Matthew 25. Its programs work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Episcopal Relief & Development works closely with the worldwide Church and ecumenical partners to help rebuild after disasters and to empower local communities to find lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger and disease, including HIV/AIDS and malaria.