What We Do


“Go with the people. Live with them. Learn from them. Love them. Start with what they have. Build on what they know. But with the best leaders, when the work is done, the task accomplished, the people will say, ‘We have done this ourselves’.” 

— Lao Tsu, Chinese Philosopher, 700 B.C.

Episcopal Relief & Development works with Church partners and other local organizations to save lives and transform communities worldwide. We rebuild after disasters and empower people to create lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger and disease. Working in close to 40 countries, our programs impact the lives of approximately 3 million people around the world. 

Our mandate is taken from Jesus’ words found in Matthew 25. All of Episcopal Relief & Development’s international development programs seek to mobilize local resources and expertise toward sustainable, community-led programs that address poverty, hunger and disease. In our disaster response and recovery work, we seek to build resilience and reduce risk at every stage.

Check out our four core program areas: 

To learn more about the specific kinds of work we do, visit Our Programs.

Read about the hands-on work of our church partners worldwide in our Stories section.

Find out how each of our programs supports one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals.


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Resources & Learning

Click below to access our Resource Library and learn more about our efforts around the world.

Resources & Learning