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Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD)

ERD “works with church partners and other local organizations to save lives and transform communities worldwide,” the ERD website says. “We rebuild after disasters and empower people to create lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger and disease. Working in close to 40 countries, our programs impact the lives of approximately 3 million people around the world.”

ERD’s mandate is predicated on Jesus’ words: Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me." — Matthew 25:40

Its four core programs include: 1) alleviating hunger and improving the food supply; 2) creating economic opportunities and strengthening communities; 3) promoting health and fighting disease; and 4) responding to disasters and rebuilding communities.

All of ERD’s international development programs work toward achieving the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which propose to cut extreme global poverty in half by 2015.

To contribute to ERD or to learn more, visit www.episcopalrelief.org