In 2020, Episcopal Relief & Development and ECLRD continue to implement agricultural and economic rehabilitation in six different counties (Grand Bassa, Grand Gedeh, Bong, Lofa, Grand Cape Mount and Maryland). The program engages farmers and women members of savings groups through its integrated food security and livelihoods work, focuses on innovative methods of agricultural practices, and supports farmer led and managed agricultural demonstration and learning sites and the promotion of seedling nurseries.
Episcopal Relief & Development is also working through ECLRD and its networks to engage faith leaders in addressing and preventing violence against women in Liberia. This program, which is supported by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, and by Islamic Relief USA, encourages and trains faith leaders such as pastors and imams to speak out against violence and to change cultural norms in their communities. Similarly, youth leaders of Christian and Muslim youth groups and school leaders are equipped to speak out against violence towards women and girls. Direct care and shelter for survivors of violence is provided, and advocacy for survivor rights and access to services is promoted throughout local communities.
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.
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
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