On September 8th, 2017, Hurricane Irma hit the island of Cuba, causing an estimated $13.2 billion in damage and impacting nearly 2 million people. The island is continuing to rebuild from this disaster. Increased weather-related events and other effects of the changing climate contribute to the challenges faced by the population.

Episcopal Relief & Development has partnered with The Episcopal Church of Cuba and the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund on an integrated development program to address the challenges brought on by the changing climate. The program is working to increase knowledge and skills in Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) with a focus on sustainability and climate resilience, to equip and empower community leaders, and to implement ABCD projects focused on water, sanitation, hygiene, and food security. The projects also include economic development activities such as Savings with Education (SwE) groups and disaster relief and resilience training and preparations.


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.

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

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