Episcopal Relief and Development in the Diocese of Maine
For nearly 75 years, Episcopal Relief and Development has been the compassionate response of the Church responding to human suffering around the world.
ERD serves not only to help people in their time of greatest need but also to stand with them as they rebuild their lives and communities. It does this in well-defined and effective ways:
Working with Anglican and ecumenical partners, ERD responds immediately to civil and natural disasters, delivering medicine, blankets, food, clean water and other necessities. Then, ERD works with communities to secure their food supplies-offering agricultural training, seed and farm tools, healthy animals to feed families and provide income, and job training and micro-credit loans to start small businesses.
In tandem with securing a nutritious food supply, ERD introduces primary health initiatives-counseling and caring for traumatized individuals, providing access to drinkable water and sanitation systems, and by targeting diseases like HIV/AIDS and malaria, especially in hardest-hit areas of Latin America and Africa
In 2006, 305 Maine donors gave over $110,300. However Maine is still a leading giver in Province I, trailing only Western Massachusetts and Connecticut. 2006 was a down year for non-profit organizations.
Ways you can take action to fight poverty and disease
Find out more about the underlying causes of hunger, disease and poverty. Visit www.er-d.org/mdg for more information about the Church's commitment to the Millennium Development Goals, which aim to cut extreme global poverty in half by 2015. Find out about the MDG tie-in called ONE Episcopalian, that asks for your voice (not your money) with our government, to push for their 0.7% of budget contribution to the MDG goals. Visit the website www.episcopalchurch.org/ONE/
Put your faith to work. Volunteer to spend a week helping to rebuild homes in shattered communities-in Louisiana and Mississippi, in Honduras, Haiti or El Salvador, where natural and civil disasters have taken their toll.
Donate to ERD. Checks can be mailed to Episcopal Relief and Development, PO Box 12043, Newark, NJ 07101. To contribute by credit card, call 1.800.334.7626, ext. 5129 or donate at www.er-d.org/donate.
Honor loved ones on special occasions with alternative gifts. Order gifts from ERD's Gifts for Life Catalog-such as tools and seed for a community, or insecticide-treated bed nets that help prevent malaria. For a catalog, call 1.800.334.7626 ext 5129 or visit www.er-d.org/giftsforlife to order gifts online.
Support ERD and fair trade by purchasing ERD's Bishops Blend Coffee. To order or learn more about these fair-trade, organic and shade-grown coffees from Central America and Indonesia, visit www.er-d.org/bishopsblend, or call 1.877.469.1431.
Pray. Remember people devastated by disasters, poverty and disease in your prayers and moments of reflection. Pray for those providing help and financial support to those suffering around the world. Visit www.er-d.org/prayer, for the ERD prayer.