Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina

A holiday update from our Diocesan ERD Coordinator

This past summer and early autumn has seen an unusually high number of natural disasters that Episcopal Relief & Development has responded to: the wildfires in California and the aftermath of the Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. In fact, Consumer Reports cited Episcopal Relief & Development for its efforts in disaster recovery.

But disasters are not the only thing that Episcopal Relief & Development responds to. Ongoing issues of poverty, education and justice are core parts of the mission of the Episcopal Church's outreach to the world. Episcopal Relief & Development just received a $1.4 million Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Grant to support early childhood development in Zambia and to extend the program into Kenya. The four-year grant will enable the organization and its local partners, Zambia Anglican Council Outreach Programmes and Anglican Church of Kenya Development Services to impact 7,600 families including 14,880 children under the age of three, many of whom are impacted by HIV/AIDS.

Many Episcopalian families have a long holiday tradition of alternative gift giving through Episcopal Relief & Development Gifts For Life. The 2017-2018 Gifts for Life Catalog makes gift-giving easy. Order catalogs for your family and your congregations catalog and you will help empower communities across the globe to transform their lives. The Holiday Matching Gift Challenge is a powerful way to do that: all donations to any Episcopal Relief & Development fund made online, over the phone or via mail before December 31, 2017– including through Gifts for Life, the organization's alternative giving catalog – are eligible for matching.

And there's a new way you can support the mission of Episcopal Relief & Development: serve your family and congregation coffee, tea, and chocolate that supports small farmers and Episcopal Relief & Development. For each pound of fairly traded coffee, chocolate, tea and other foods purchased through the Episcopal Relief & Development Fair Trade Project at Equal Exchange 15 cents per pound will support Episcopal Relief & Development's partners as they work to alleviate hunger and improve food supply through integrated community-based programs.

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