August Web Series Feature Partners in Sierra Leone and Friends in Connecticut

August 17, 2011

The Power of Partnerships this month highlights the work of the Diocese of Bo, part of the Church of the Province of West Africa, in promoting gender equality in rural communities. A leadership training workshop, involving 25 men and 20 women, allowed participants to practice new ways of communicating and relating with one another. The results of the training are being seen in households where women now share decision-making with their husbands, and around the community where the youth have teamed up to build houses for those in need.

August’s Friends of Episcopal Relief & Development features a young woman from the Diocese of Connecticut, whose hard work and social entrepreneurship have helped her make an impact in the fight against malaria. By embellishing thrift-store jean jackets and selling them at horse shows she competes in and churches she visits, she has raised awareness and funds for Episcopal Relief & Development’s NetsforLife® program partnership.

The monthly Power of Partnerships and Friends of Episcopal Relief & Development web series feature stories about the agency’s partners in the US and worldwide. Visit to find past installments, find information about our programs or make a contribution. You can also call 1.855.312.HEAL. 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.