Episcopal Relief & Development partners with the Anglican Diocesan Development and Relief Organization (ADDRO), the relief and development arm of the Anglican Diocese of Tamale in northern Ghana, on activities in agriculture, health and micro-finance.
In 2018, the program set a particular focus on early childhood development through the establishment of the integrated Early Childhood Development program, Moments That Matter®, a program partnership of Episcopal Relief & Development that is supported in part by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, the Episcopal Health Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada and other donations. Moments That Matter® (MTM) builds on the experience of previous programs to ensure more children from conception to age three reach the developmental milestones they require to live healthier, more prosperous lives in the future. ADDRO uses trained MTM volunteers and faith leaders to help equip Primary Caregivers with parenting skills to enable their children to thrive.
Moments That Matter® also builds on and incorporates an integrated health program, focused on preventing disease, promoting healthy habits and improving child and maternal health. ADDRO has trained hundreds of community volunteers to prevent and diagnose illness and offer basic treatment or referral to health facilities. This health program has improved the lives of over 36,500 children under 5 years of age by treating diseases such as malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia. The program has reached approximately 10,900 mothers and community members with community health messaging and training.
Episcopal Relief & Development’s comprehensive agricultural program offers training for farmers to increase crop yield, reduce post harvest losses and improve income while at the same time protecting the environment. Farmers are able to access improved seed varieties and learn techniques to grow a greater variety and amount of fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains. The program also offers training to process crops into products like peanut butter and shea butter, products that have a longer shelf life and greater value in the market. Training in livestock care and access to healthy animals provides an additional source of sustainable food and income. Savings groups empower people, most of whom are women, economically and offer access to training and micro-loans for business development.
In 2020, Episcopal Relief and Development and ADDRO are working to expand climate-smart agricultural production and productivity and savings groups.
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 work with Children supports and protects kids under six so they reach appropriate health and developmental milestones. This focus on early development is foundational and critical to helping children achieve their full potential as future contributing members of their communities.
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.
Over 300,000 women worldwide die each year from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Millions of infants die in their first few weeks of life – many of them also from preventable conditions. Prenatal care and monitoring health of expectant and new mothers and their children reduces illness and saves lives. Read more about Maternal and Child Health.Read more about Maternal & Child Health
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
Episcopal Relief & Development’s NetsforLife® program partnership is working in 17 countries across sub-Saharan Africa to fight malaria with life-saving nets and education. Since it began in 2006, NetsforLife® has distributed more than 22,000,000 nets and provided education on their proper use and maintenance, reducing the number of malaria cases by up to 45% in program areas. Read more about Malaria.Read more about Malaria