Episcopal Relief & Development supports a variety of diocesan agricultural and economic empowerment projects through the Church of the Province of Myanmar. This partnership works with the Men’s Association model farm for testing and teaching agricultural techniques and the Mothers’ Union economic empowerment program, which offers vocational training and micro-finance services through community groups. The programs, along with training in disaster risk reduction, all build resilience that help communities recover more quickly from disasters. Additionally, education on personal hygiene, sanitation and natural resource management, as well as training on gender inclusion, improve the health of families and support economic empowerment, particularly in women.
The Church has built on its community development experience and technical skills, developed over the past 10 years, to work towards a national strategy, focusing on agricultural, livelihood and disaster resilience objectives. Our partnership ensures that 26 communities are able to cope and recover from the intense hazards from disasters in the country.
Starting in 2020, three dioceses, in particular, are building on their community development experience and technical skills to focus on agricultural, livelihood and disaster resilience objectives.
In partnership with Episcopal Relief & Development, the Church of the Province of Myanmar, mobilized COVID-19 health messaging and awareness resources from the Ministry of Health and disseminated information through all eight diocesan networks in response to the pandemic. Church staff also coordinated with regional government departments to identify vulnerable households and provide material support such as basic food, sanitation and hygiene supplies.
Episcopal Relief & Development is praying for the people of Myanmar.
Our work with Women focuses on helping communities promote the rights of women and children and move toward the vision that everyone deserves a life free from violence in a society where they are treated with dignity and respect. Only then can communities truly heal and thrive.
Our Climate-related work focuses on how families and communities can work together to adapt to the effects of rapidly changing weather patterns. This work includes preparing for and recovering from climate-influenced events such as floods, hurricanes and other disasters.
Almost one billion people are affected by chronic hunger and poverty worldwide. Malnutrition or lack of access to food can jeopardize overall productivity, health and well-being. Read more about Agriculture.Read more about Agriculture
Planning ahead for disasters can go far in minimizing their potential impact – especially for people already facing poverty, who may lose their few assets or safety nets. To this end, Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Episcopal/Anglican Church to better prepare for and respond to disasters. Read more about Disaster Risk Reduction.Read more about Disaster Resilience
Our micro-finance programs emphasize involving both women and men, which can be very effective in promoting gender awareness and empowering women. When women become breadwinners, they increase their role in household decision-making, which often enhances the whole family’s well-being. Read more about Micro-finance.Read more about Micro-finance