Episcopal Relief & Development has added a new section to the website focusing on the organization’s response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean and in the United States. These pages contain specific information about how Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting partners in the United States and around the world.
The webpages feature new partnership information about the International Program team’s support in countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, South Sudan, India, Honduras and Panama. These responses include food, personal protective equipment and educational campaigns to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Episcopal Relief & Development is working with the Mother’s Union in Tanzania in order to spread accurate information about the novel coronavirus and how to reduce its transmission. Mother’s Union has a network in Tanzania of over 800,000 women engaged in micro-finance and small business training throughout the country. These women often hold dual roles as caretakers and providers for their families, making them incredibly valuable in preventing COVID-19.
In the United States, the US Disaster Program is supporting new emergency responses in California, Louisiana, Ohio and Oregon.
The organization is working with the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio through the diocese’s ministry, Feeding the Beloved Community. This summer, volunteers and staff are serving 800 meals per week to vulnerable populations in four specific rural and inner-city communities that are marginalized by age, race and finances. This innovative partnership leverages vegetable produce and pork grown by the diocese, and utilizes established networks of volunteers and other community support.
Additionally, the agency’s Program staff continue to provide technical assistance as partners adapt existing programming to incorporate physical distancing and other protocols in order to ensure the safety of staff, volunteers and program participants.
“COVID-19 has had a disproportionate effect on marginalized communities that were already struggling with food security and lack of access to resources,” said Nagulan Nesiah, Senior Program Officer, Disaster Risk and Reduction, Episcopal Relief & Development. “Episcopal Relief & Development will continue to support both long-term partners and emergency responses with programs tailored to the needs and assets of their specific communities.”
Donations to the COVID-19 Pandemic Response Fund will enable Episcopal Relief & Development to continue to support partners around the world as they meet needs created by the effects of the coronavirus.