Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Episcopal Diocese of Honduras through its agencies responsible for development and community education.
Aanglidesh, the Diocesan Development Agency, focuses on community savings groups that enable members to grow their personal savings, access loans, and invest in their small businesses building their overall resilience and ability to manage household needs. In addition to training in financial literacy and business skills, group meetings also include discussions on topics such as domestic and gender-based violence, health, hygiene and nutrition. These groups also provide group members access to small internal loans. In 2018, the program piloted the integration of kitchen gardens to improve the nutrition of local families. In 2020, the program plans to form 20 new savings groups.
Aanglidesh provides opportunities to clergy, lay leaders and church members within ten geographic deaneries of the diocese to access small loans to develop and invest in self-sustaining businesses. These small enterprises improve livelihoods by giving communities the opportunity to grow economically.
Episcopal Relief & Development also supports the Siloe Project of the Siempre Unidos (“Always United”) Ministry of the Episcopal Church in Honduras. Through community education and prevention activities, this program focuses on reducing HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases and gender-based violence in San Pedro Sula. The outreach teams offer rapid HIV testing counselling and social support to marginalized and high-risk populations, such as commercial sex workers, the LGBTQ community military personnel and prisoners. In addition to direct services, Siempre Unidos leads awareness events, such as marches, during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence and World AIDS Day. Due to COVID-19, these events were reduced in size and adapted in other ways to allow for social distancing and other precautions. Siempre Unidos also advocates for the rights and protection of sex workers, LGBTQ, prisoners and other socially and economically marginalized groups to the government and municipal institutions, such as the police.
Siempre Unidos is also collaborating with other organizations in its strategic alliance to see how they can better serve men and women who have recently been deported or voluntarily returned home from abroad. Often without family or means, these migrants are highly vulnerable to poverty, exploitation and violence.
Additionally, Episcopal Relief & Development and the Episcopal Church of Honduras, and “El Centro HogarAmor y Esperanza,” are establishing a specialized program of humanitarian, psychosocial, legal assistance to children and their families forcibly displaced by violence in Honduras. The purpose of this project is to build a specialized protection program that is transferable to state agencies in Honduras that currently have serious gaps or deficiencies in giving attention to this particular population. Based on a human rights approach in programming and learning as well as seeking to articulate this experience with the National Directorate for Children, Adolescents and Family (DINAF).
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Episcopal Diocese of Honduras, with the support of Episcopal Relief & Development, is providing emergency assistance to families who are affected by the coronavirus and the economic recession the pandemic has caused. Many Hondurans rely on money sent from family members in the United States and Spain who have similarly lost their sources of income due to stay at home orders. The Diocese is distributing food such as corn, beans and rice to families who have been particularly impacted by the coronavirus.
The diocese is also leveraging existing savings groups to respond with additional food and hygiene supplies. Leaders are also teaching community members to make cloth face masks to reduce the spread of the virus.
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.
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
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
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