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Monday, November 11, 2013

EPISCOPAL RELIEF and DEVELOPMENT: ¨Healing a hurting world¨ -- Working within the Episcopal Diocese of Guatemala

¨With four active volcanoes, a major faultline and shores on both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala is constantly at risk of major disaster.  Additionally, the country’s 36-year civil war stalled development and caused many people to emigrate in search of safety and economic opportunity.
Since 2005, Episcopal Relief & Development has been working with the Episcopal Diocese of Guatemala to formulate a comprehensive approach to development issues, including the establishment of a Diocesan Development Office in 2007.
To address chronic poverty in rural communities, we worked with the Church to identify and train key regional leaders who could facilitate the formation of community-based savings and micro-finance groups.  Our partner provides business training and skills workshops to promote economic growth and development, and a revolving fund has been established to support small business development and job creation. 
The Church also implements a youth-led tree planting and harvesting initiative in four of the communities that participate in the micro-finance program.¨  
Thanks to Episcopal Relief and Development:


The Flag of Guatemala
COME VISIT GUATEMALA.  WE LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING AND GREETING YOU AT ST. JAMES/SANTIAGO CATHEDRAL IN GUATEMALA CITY AND  ST ALBAN MISSION IN ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA.  BOTH ARE ENGLISH SPEAKING PARISHES AT THE DIOCESE OF GUATEMALA, IARCA ( Inglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America is a province of the Anglican Communion), 

St. Alban´s Mission, Antigua, meets every Sunday at the Casa Convento Concepcion at 12:00 noon. Holy Eucharist is celebrated.

*St Alban´s, Antigua, Guatemala is a special Mission Project of St. James English speaking parish at the Cathedral of Santiago, Guatemala City.  
The Most Reverend Armando Guerra Soria, Bishop and Rector of St. Alban's
The Reverend Ricardo Frohmader, Associate Minister.


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