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Thursday, Oct 24, 2019

The Rev. Jose Rodriguez shares tips on Asset-Based Disaster Response

After Hurricane Maria, the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida became a key player in serving displaced families from Puerto Rico. The Abuelitas volunteer program connects Spanish-speaking “grandmothers” from local churches with displaced families to help them apply for services and to offer advice on adapting to the new environment. As part of this program, the diocese offers housing assistance, job training and other forms of support, working with over 100 families. Two years after Hurricane Maria, the exodus to Central Florida continues. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Puerto Rican population in Central Florida has jumped 12.5% post-Hurricane Maria, and families are still arriving every day. Right now, The Episcopal Church is one of the few direct services providers to Maria survivors left in Central Florida. Episcopal Relief & Development has supported this program since 2017. 

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Tuesday, Sep 24, 2019

In Conversation | A Pilgrimage Opens the Heart and Mind

Karen Longenecker, Clinical Social Worker and member of the Program Committee for Episcopal Relief & Development’s Board of Directors, sat down with Rob Radtke, our President and CEO. Listen to Karen and Rob reflect on the work they observed during a recent pilgrimage in Zambia. As you learn more about our integrated Early Childhood Development program, check out ONE THOUSAND DAYS OF LOVE, Episcopal Relief & Development’s grassroots Church-wide fundraising campaign dedicated to improving the lives of children. #1000DaysOfLove

 

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Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019

The Anglican Alliance and Episcopal Relief & Development: Working Together for Lasting Change in Times of Disaster

Some of our friends and supporters are curious about the Anglican Alliance and how it relates to our work in the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian. President and CEO Rob Radtke explains it all in this blog.

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Wednesday, Aug 21, 2019

Remembering Hurricane Maria Two Years Later

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season emerged as the most damaging in recent history with Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria causing destruction throughout Florida, Texas, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and other parts of the US and Caribbean. As we enter into the Season of Resilience we are reflecting on that period, long-term recovery and disaster preparedness. To start, read this story from Tina Beazer from the Virgin Islands as she looks back on Hurricane Maria. #SeasonofResilience

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Thursday, Aug 01, 2019

Women Deliver 2019: Our Interfaith Dialogue for Gender Justice

Episcopal Relief & Development Board Member Chiseche Salome Mibenge recently represented Episcopal Relief & Development at the Women Deliver 2019 Conference in Vancouver. She participated in a panel to discuss “Religion and Development for Gender Justice.” In this blog she shares her experience and highlights important takeaways.

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Friday, May 03, 2019

Monitoring, Evaluating, and Learning (MEL) | Community of Practice Through the Eyes of a Partner

How do we assess project impact? How do we use data to improve projects and share results?  These questions and more were tackled by an enthusiastic group of Episcopal Relief & Development partner staff – during their Community of Practice workshop and at ongoing bimonthly video conference meetings.

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