Episcopal Relief & Development has partnered with the Episcopal Church of Cuba and the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund to support development projects that focus on improving Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), access to nutritious food, economic development and disaster risk reduction across the country. These programs are built on a strategy of sustainability and community ownership by empowering community leaders, including faith leaders, on Asset-Based Community Development and Climate Resilience. 

Since 2017, Cuba has suffered nearly annual hurricanes and powerful tropical storms, which often impact the most vulnerable. The program in the last two years has increasingly created structures and mechanisms that support multi-level disaster preparedness and response. In 2019, despite a devastating tornado that hit the country in January, the program met its goal of directly working with over 7,200 people.


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.

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Donation to the Clean Water fund

Families and communities can become more resilient by finding ways to adapt to rapidly changing weather patterns and climate-influenced events like floods and hurricanes.

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Donation to the Climate fund

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.

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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.

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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.

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