May Web Series Feature Partners in Colombia and Friends in New Jersey

May 25, 2011

The Power of Partnerships this month honors the work of the Episcopal Church in Colombia to provide care and support for people throughout the country who have lost homes and livelihoods because of La Niña. Rainfall, which has deluged the country continuously since April 2010, has caused catastrophic landslides and flooding, amounting to the worst natural disaster in the country’s history. In the mountainside barrio of Bello, outside Medellín, the Church is working to repair damaged infrastructure and provide medical and psychological care to those in need.

May’s Friends of Episcopal Relief & Development celebrates the fundraising success of teens at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Pennington, NJ. This year’s confirmation class had a special focus on the Millennium Development Goals, which helped students learn about the needs of people in poverty worldwide. As their outreach project they decided to launch an awareness campaign about poverty and hunger, and raise funds to purchase drought-resistant seeds and agricultural training through Episcopal Relief & Development’s Gifts for Life catalog.

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. Together with the worldwide Church and ecumenical partners, Episcopal Relief & Development rebuilds after disasters and empowers people by offering lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger and disease, including HIV/AIDS and malaria.