MDG Grants Awarded for 2014

MDG Grants Awarded for 2014

by Thea Mangels, MDG Committee Member and Executive Assistant to the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California

The Millennium Development Goals Committee (MDG) is excited to announce our 2014 grant recipients. These grants are made possible by the generosity of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California. In 2007, Diocesan Convention voted to devote 0.7% of its budget in support of the Millennium Development Goals following the lead of the Episcopal Church General Convention. Some congregations are also donating to this fund, making the grant pool a little larger and increasing the amount that we can support the eradication of extreme poverty.

The Committee is very excited to share with you the following list of our 2014 grant recipients.

Congregational Grants

St. Augustine of Canterbury, RocklinLiving Water International Mission Trip to Haiti
Awarded $3,000.00
St. Augustine will be partnering with St. John’s, Roseville and Living Water International to participate in a well-drilling project and education about the importance of hygiene. Members of the team will be trained in well drilling techniques and hygiene courses before they go. The long-term goal of the project is to establish a working relationship and partnership in Haiti.

St. Timothy’s, Gridley – Liberian Mission – Combating Ebola
Awarded $3,000.00
This project is a major partnership between St. Timothy’s, Rotary International, and churches and organizations in Liberia. It is focused on Bong County in Liberia and builds on already established relationships. The goal of the project is to distribute protective gear and informational materials to protect hospital workers and the populous from Ebola. You can read more details about the project and contribute to it here:

Diocesan-Wide Grants

Global Episcopal Mission Network (GEMN)
Awarded $500.00
The Global Episcopal Mission Network  is an organization open to all individuals, organizations and dioceses who have determined to share prayers, ideas, dreams, hopes and strategies about Global Mission. As a participating diocese, the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California is eligible to send representatives to the GEMN Educational Mission Conference, the major gathering of GEMN Bishops, representatives and interested individuals. Each GEMN Institute has a particular focus, but every Institute has the same goal: to provide a context for sharing of mission concerns among those attending. GEMN is dedicated to doing the mission work of The Episcopal Church.

Episcopal Relief and Development – For the Crisis in South Sudan
Awarded $2,750.00
As you may know, the Presiding Bishop called for a Day of Prayer for South Sudan on May 18, 2014. The situation has not improved, and millions of people still need our prayers and support. To that end, the MDG Committee has awarded a grant of $2750.00 to Episcopal Relief and Development for the South Sudan Fund, and we ask that your congregation set aside time on September 7, 2014 to pray for the people of South Sudan. We have created a bulletin insert, which you may download and use for that Sunday if you wish. Click here to download it now. Additional donations to this project may be made directly to Episcopal Relief and Development, or through a collection in honor of the Rev. Canon Britt Olson, which is being collected on September 14, 2014 at the Central and Capital Deanery Farewell Event.

American Friends of the Diocese of Jerusalem – For Al-Ahli Hospital in Gaza
Awarded $2,750.00
With the fighting in Gaza, the power plant has been destroyed, which has resulted in no power, running water, or sewage treatment. Many of the hospitals in the area are closed or destroyed. Al-Ahli Hospital is still operational, despite the damage which it has taken. With all of the unrest in the region, the hospital is being used for shelter, as well as healing, and their resources are being pushed passed capacity. The staff is at 40% of normal, and they have been working without stop for two weeks. The MDG Committee is providing a bulletin insert with prayers and information on this crisis, and we ask that you keep the hospital in your prayers on September 21, 2014. Please click here for the bulletin insert.

Companion Diocese, the Episcopal Diocese of Honduras – Project to be Determined
Awarded $1,000.00
The MDG Committee will work with the Rt. Rev. Barry L. Beisner and the Companion Diocese Commission to select an appropriate project and officially award the grant money.

The MDG Committee envisions that all congregations, large and small, have at least one ministry which supports the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The committee is available to explore answers to challenges that may arise for congregations beginning such ministries, as well as provide informational resources and funds to assist in the implementation of MDG ministries. Please click here to contact the committee today for assistance.

Bulletin Inserts

Click here to download the bulletin insert for the Sept. 7th day of prayer for South Sudan.

Click here to download the bulletin insert for the Sept. 21st day of prayer for the Gaza region.


1 comment (Add your own)

1. Susan Gaston wrote:
I hope that the $1000 (which is a drop in the bucket) for Honduras will help youth. They are fleeing violence and ending up on our borders. How do we keep them safe at home?
Sue and the Mercy and Social Justice Ministry of St. Michael's, Carmichael

Tue, August 26, 2014 @ 7:38 PM

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