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By Vanessa Pizer

Expanding a Culture of Resilience

Expanding a Culture of Resilience tells the story of rural farmers in Nicaragua who have learned new ways to help alleviate hunger and end poverty within their communities for generations to come.

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By Vanessa Pizer

Pain that is Not Transformed is Transferred

Program Officer Vanessa Pizer shares how Episcopal Relief & Development and its partners are engaging with trauma awareness and resilience.

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By Vanessa Pizer

Self-Care: Inspiration From T.S. Eliot

An important part of self-care is taking a break from the work that you do and the buzzing world that surrounds. Literature is great for giving your mind rest. It has the power to change the way we see ourselves, understand others and interact with the world around us. In this blog, Vanessa reflects on  T.S. Eliot's "Ash Wednesday" poem.

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By Vanessa Pizer

A Community Effort: Ending Gender-Based Violence

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, local civil service organizations have been addressing gender-based violence in the wake of decades of civil war. Amidst this complex reality, the local Church is at the forefront of efforts to help heal and prevent further violence. 

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By Vanessa Pizer

Empowering Women and Girls: The Rule, Not the Exception (and it's not just a women's issue)

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action
one of the most comprehensive and progressive global agendas for women and girls’ equality and empowerment. The momentum for ensuring that gender is at the forefront of national and international social,

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