Episcopal Relief & Development is the international relief and development agency of the Episcopal Church and an independent 501(c)(3) organization. The agency takes its mandate from Jesus’ words in Matthew 25: 37-40:
"Lord, when was it that
We saw you hungry and gave you food?
We saw you thirsty and gave you something to drink?
We saw you a stranger and welcomed you?
We saw you sick and took care of you?
We saw you in prison and visited you?
'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.’ "
Episcopal Relief & Development works with more than 3 million people annually in 40 countries, through programs in four core areas. The organization partners with local churches and organizations throughout the 38 provinces of the Anglican Communion, as well as ecumenically. Episcopal Relief & Development empowers local communities to find lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger, disaster, and preventable diseases, including HIV/AIDS and malaria. Its programs work toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
Episcopal Relief & Development’s four core areas are:
Alleviating Hunger and Improving the Food Supply
Creating Economic Opportunities and Strengthening Communities
Promoting Health and Fighting Disease
Responding to Disasters and Rebuilding Communities