2011 MDG Grant Recipients Announced

2011 MDG Grant Recipients Announced

by the Rev. Lucretia Jevne of St. Luke's, Calistoga
Chair, Millennium Development Goals Committee

The Millenium Development Goals (MDG) Committee has announced the recipients of the 2011 Millennium Development Goals Grants. The purpose of these grants is to provide congregations with start-up or expansion funds for ministry programs or projects which support the Millennium Development Goals. The MDG committee strives to encourage individual churches to develop and work with a project targeting one or more of the MDGs in partnership with someone in the developing world. They are pleased to announce grants in the amount of $12,300 covering a wide variety of projects and targeting several MDG goals:

Jonathan Pregill: Jonathan has been asked to stay in Ecuador for another year working with the Diocese in a variety of ways as a member of the Young Adult Service Corps of the Episcopal Church. At Bishop's Conference, we conducted an interview via Skype with him which those gathered found very inspiring. His work touches on MDG goal number two -- he is working as a primary school teacher; and goal number eight -- as a missionary he is developing a partnership between the Episcopal Church and the church in Ecuador. Grant Amount: $ 2,000

Grace Church, Fairfield and St. Brigid's, Rio Vista: Through a parishioner of Grace Church, these congregations have been developing a partnership with Punta Gorda Misson, Belize. This is an impoverished area with both limited supplies of food and access to education for children.  The grant request was for money to help the children, who have no learning skills, develop the tools needed to be successful in school. The scholarship fund is administered by the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment.  Beyond scholarships the goal is to develop an ongoing relationship with the people of Punta Gorda that will enrich both them and the people of Fairfield/Rio Vista.. Grant Amount: $2,000 for scholarships

Haiti Children's Immunization Grant Project: This initiative comes from our Diocesan Health Ministries and the National Episcopal Health Ministries of the Episcopal Church, and is partnering with the Haitian School of Nursing and the Episcopal Church of Haiti. The goal of this initiative is to assemble a team of medical professionals that will develop ongoing education and a children's immunization program. The long-term vision is to provide routine immunization to every child and to turn the project over to the School of Nursing to administer. The money requested is for medical supplies and for scholarships to help defray the costs of the diocesan team who are going to be serving in Haiti. Grant Amount: $3000

Holy Spirit Church, Tela, Honduras: Our companion Diocese Committee requested funds to help the women of Holy Spirit to develop their own jewelry business. This helps to empower women thus promoting gender equality, continues the development of a global partnership with Holy Spirit, and aids in alleviating poverty and hunger by helping the women support their families. Grant Amount: $2500

Episcopal Relief and Development/Southern Sudanese Development and Relief Agency (SUDRA): This project provides seeds and tools to help returning refugees in the Sudan grow their own food. The area is in crisis because of the ongoing strife around their independence and an increasing number of refugees are entering the area. This project addresses MDG goals number 1,3,4,7 and 8. Grant Amount: $2000

Episcopal Relief and Development/St. Luke's Anglican Hospital in Nablus, West Bank:
Episcopal Relief and Development partners with the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and gives support to St. Luke's Anglican Hospital in Nablus in the West Bank. St. Luke's is a full service medical facility and also runs community outreach programs for all in need, regardless of their ability to pay. This project impacts Millennium Development Goals of eradicating extreme poverty, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health and creating a global partnership. Grant Amount: $500

Global Episcopal Mission Network: This is a network designed to support and promote partnerships for global mission. Grant Amount: $300 for diocesan dues.

Many thanks to the generosity of the people of the Diocese of Northern California who have dedicated 0.7 percent of the diocesan budget towards the Millennium Development Goals. It is our hope that every church in our diocese will be able to sponsor a program dedicated to the relief of poverty around the globe.

The Millenium Development Goals committe is: the Rev. Lucretia Jevne, Warren Dunning, Stephanie Schulz; the Rev. Mark Allen, Thea Mangels, Kim Andrup, Dan Boeger and Jane Snibbe. 

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1. The Rev. Debra Warwick-Sabino wrote:
We are so grateful for the grant from the MDG Goal Committee. We have just begun an exciting outreach to a very poor area in Punta Gorda, Belize. This grant will enable us to take the next steps in furthering the ways we can help them as well as energize people in Grace Church & St. Brigid's.

With heartfelt gratitude,

The Rev Debra Warwick-Sabino

Fri, June 24, 2011 @ 3:36 PM

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