About one in four Guineans struggles with chronic malnutrition, including nearly 100,000 children under the age of five. Given that agriculture accounts for 75% of Guinea’s labor force, supporting the spread of climate-smart farming practices is crucial to improving the wellbeing of local communities.
Although Guinea declared its independence from France in 1958, it has been governed by a number of autocratic rulers, which has hindered growth in the country. Guinea is one of the world’s poorest countries, and political instability has taken a serious toll on its health and infrastructure. Recently, the country was severely impacted by the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
In the aftermath of the Ebola outbreak, Episcopal Relief & Development and the Anglican Diocese of Guinea are supporting agricultural and economic recovery as well as the strengthening of health infrastructure in affected communities. The program provides seeds, tools and training for farmers to grow food on their own land or on church property to feed their families and generate income.
Efforts include teaching climate-smart farming, cultivation techniques and farm maintenance. A portion of income from produce grown on church property is set aside for reinvestment in the program, ensuring lasting and sustainable development. In 2018, the program has expanded its community-led sanitation efforts to 10 new communities, as well as continue climate-smart agriculture trainings with 73 farming households.
Additionally, the church is strengthening the health infrastructure of Ebola-impacted communities by working with community health volunteers to encourage referrals to a recently rehabilitated health clinic.
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
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