Melanesia (Solomon Islands & Vanuatu)
Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Anglican Church of the Province of Melanesia (ACOM) to reduce disaster risk, promote climate-adaptive agricultural techniques and strengthen the local economy in Melanesia through savings groups and small business development. Our microfinance programs empower women by helping them to establish autonomy and actively participate in decision-making in their households. By supporting women to change their economic situation, we help strengthen entire communities.
ACOM is leading community-based efforts in Vanuatu specifically to improve the environment and local food supply by planting trees to combat erosion and promoting innovative small-scale farming techniques that maximize crop variety and use of available land. Savings groups offer opportunities for individuals to build up their savings, access microfinance services for small business development, and discuss and take action on local environmental and social issues. The groups organize also for disaster risk reduction in their communities.
As part of a three-year strategy (2018-2020), the project targets 20 communities with trainings on in hand-washing, water sanitation, food-handling and disaster-preparedness in the Torba, Penama and Sanam Provinces, reaching rural communities that government and other NGOs have not yet reached.
Episcopal Relief & Development is providing technical support ABM, ACM and ACOM as they adapt programming in light of COVID-19 for the safety of partners and program participants.
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.
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