February Web Features Highlight Friends in Florida and Partners in Guatemala

February 21, 2012

This month’s Friends of Episcopal Relief & Development celebrates the “Give a Goat” Coffee House put on by the youth group at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Marco Island, Florida. The event featured live music, a variety of goat milk products and an appearance by a real baby goat. It raised enough money to purchase eight goats for families in need through Episcopal Relief & Development’s Gifts for Life catalog.

February’s Power of Partnerships features the micro-finance program of the Episcopal Diocese of Guatemala, which is supported by Episcopal Relief & Development. The Church works with local communities to identify candidates for small business loans. This month’s story focuses on a woman who used her loan to purchase seeds to improve her husband’s vegetable garden, so she can sell the produce along with her homemade tortillas at the market.

The monthly 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. 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.