ERD gets child survival grant for work in Uganda

From ERD:

Episcopal Relief & Development is proud to announce the receipt of a grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). This award is part of the USAID Child Survival Agenda which was established to focus attention on the dire health needs of children in developing countries.

Episcopal Relief & Development announces the receipt of this grant as we commemorate World Food Day on October 16th and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17th. The theme, “working together out of poverty” highlights the need for a global anti-poverty partnership between both developed and developing countries. These commemorative days are a reminder of the Millennium Development Goals which aim to combat disease, inequality, hunger and cut the number of people living in extreme poverty in half by the year 2015.

The USAID grant will be implemented in January of 2009 and will fund Episcopal Relief & Development’s programs in Northern Uganda where there are currently at least 1.4 million people living in Internally Displaced People camps. Janette O’Neill, Senior Director for Africa Programs, is currently in Uganda working with local partners to develop a holistic program that will address critical needs for communities. The goal of the Episcopal Relief & Development USAID program is to contribute to sustained improvements in child survival and health outcomes.

“Episcopal Relief & Development is honored to receive this generous grant supporting our heath and hunger programs in Uganda,” said Mariama Dauda, African Program Officer. “The grant will allow us to implement key programs that will improve child survival in Uganda.”

To make a contribution to help people in Northern Uganda, please donate to Episcopal Relief & Development online at, or call 1-800-334-7626, ext. 5129. Gifts can be mailed to: Episcopal Relief & Development, PO Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.

One wonders how Archbishop Henry Orombi, who has refused aid from the Episcopal Church because of its stance on homosexuality, feels about this development.

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