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 in collaboration with church partners and other local organizations to facilitate healthier, more fulfilling lives in communities that are struggling with hunger, poverty, disaster and disease. We also work around the world and here in the US responding to and rebuilding after disasters.
Our programs impact the lives of over 3 million people annually. We respect the dignity of all people and view them as our neighbors, working alongside participants regardless of religious affiliation or background.
Our unique expertise, experience and practical knowledge allow us to guide communities to lasting change with a focus on three key priorities:
In our disaster response and recovery work, we offer resources and training to help people prepare for disasters and provide support so vulnerable people can make a full and sustained recovery.
Our integrated strategies are developed in collaboration with local partners and communities to help ensure the results we generate are sustained over the long-term. Learn more about our integrated approach here.
Read inspiring stories about our transformative work in our Stories section.