Our Stories of Lasting Change are filled with hope, inspiration and love in action. They reflect the experiences of Episcopal Relief & Development partners, staff, participant communities, volunteers and friends who are moved to make a measurable difference in the lives of vulnerable women and children and help communities prepare for and recover from climate-influenced events. Join us on this life-changing journey. Subscribe below!

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Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014

A Lifetime’s Dedication – The Reverend Alden Besse

The room at the top of the stairs is a shared home office. The Reverend Alden Besse is on the left, his wife Barbara on the right. Hers has a computer and file cabinets. She’s the organized one, the one who does e-mail. Alden’s side of the room is awash in post-its, newspaper clippings,

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Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014

Prayer and Perseverance

Lately, it’s been hard to watch the news. We are bombarded with images of devastation — people affected by an Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the plight of Syrian refugees and internally displaced people in Iraq and those in need of food and shelter in Gaza. At home, we are facing 

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Monday, Aug 11, 2014

#EYE14 – Already Healing a Hurting World

Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. ~ 1 Timothy 4:12 Tuesday, August 12th is International Youth Day. In celebration of all the youth worldwide here is a blog on the recent Episcopal Youth Event 2014 that demonstrates

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Tuesday, Aug 05, 2014

Giving in the Midst of Gratitude

We love the creative ways people come together to raise awareness around Episcopal Relief & Development. This year we’ve seen a BBQ contest in Texas, a bike riding fundraiser in Virginia and a festival in Connecticut, just to name a few. A recent trend emerging is around weddings. Yes! 

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Thursday, Jul 31, 2014

Unselfish Giving

In this story we see how friendships are built and how giving connects people in profound ways – from donor, to staff to participants ­– it takes all hands.  #AllHands75
I remember my third full month here at Episcopal Relief & Development vividly.

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Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014

Creating Opportunities in Rural Ghana

By Meg Hall
Known colloquially as simply “Bolga,” the large town of Bolgatanga is the crafts center of Ghana’s Upper East region. The open-air Bolgatanga Market, open every third day, provides a livelihood for many residents—from woven baskets and 

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