In partnership with the Province of the Anglican Church of Burundi (PEAB), Episcopal Relief & Development supports an integrated, multi-sector development program that focuses on improved agriculture, environmental protection, prevention of violence against women and children (VAWC) and economic empowerment via savings groups, for holistic transformation of communities.
To increase food security while conserving natural resources, communities in Burundi are using farming techniques such as building contour trenches and planting trees on and off farms. As part of this program, farmers learn about composting, improved crop varieties, tree nurseries and other practices that enrich their livelihoods and environment. Since 2013, approximately 4,690,000 trees have been planted by and in program communities in conjunction with the Burundian Ministry of the Environment.
People often join the program through the formation of literacy and savings circles, as the focus is on group solidarity, confidence-building and creating a vision for their individual and collective prosperity. Through these groups, program staff and community volunteers lead practical education sessions related to farming, VAWC prevention and response, HIV and malaria prevention, and functional and financial literacy.
The Church of Burundi has had a strong presence in national-level advocacy forums on violence against women, HIV/AIDS, family planning and other social development issues. At the same time, the program works to change destructive attitudes and behaviors related to gender and sexuality. The project also trains community volunteers on malaria prevention and response.
2020 is the third year of the Church’s pilot integrated development program in all nine dioceses. The Church is focused this year on leveraging farmers, savings groups facilitators and gender-based violence prevention volunteers to deepen the program’s impact in these areas. Staff plan to evaluate the program at the end of 2020, however, due to COVID-19, this may be adapted, with some activities postponed to 2021.
Episcopal Relief & Development is also supporting PEAB’s response to the COVID-19 Pandemic Diocesan Mothers Union networks. The program educates rural communities about hygiene and sanitation best practices to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus. It mobilizes networks of volunteers through phone trees and WhatsApp messages, raising awareness about the virus and emphasizing the need for communities to look out for their neighbors.
- 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.
Water is essential for life. But the quality of the world’s fresh water resources is threatened by improper sanitation, agricultural runoff and lack of treatment facilities, as well as disasters and environmental changes. Every 15 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease. Read more about Clean Water.Read more about Clean Water
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
Worldwide, an estimated 2.6 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation. Proper sanitation and hygiene education can prevent the spread of disease ― saving lives and protecting communities. Read more about Sanitation & Hygiene.Read more about Sanitation & Hygiene
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
Gender equality, women’s empowerment and gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response are cross-cutting themes that shape and inform all of Episcopal Relief & Development’s integrated programs worldwide. In order to sustainably and equitably address hunger, poverty, disease and post-disaster relief and recovery, local attitudes and customs around gender, power and gender-based violence must also be taken into account.Read more about Gender Equality & GBV
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.Read more about Women