“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” Hebrews 13:16
Our mission and outreach efforts reach far and wide, supporting educational, health, medical and justice programs in many countries.
El Hogar Projects, Honduras
El Hogar Projects helps provide a loving home and education in a Christian environment for abandoned, orphaned and impoverished children in Honduras, enabling them to fulfill their ultimate potential as productive human beings. Epiphany has been sending mission teams to El Hogar since 2001 — teams of both teens and adults.
El Hogar is an oasis in a country locked in a cycle of desperate poverty and hopelessness. There, the children receive a high quality education, and a technical trade which makes them employable in their country. They learn love, respect, and a sense of their own ability to break this cycle of poverty and despair, not just for themselves, but for their families, communities and country. Visit the El Hogar website at http://www.elhogar.org/ for more information.
El Hogar Ministries, Inc. (EHMI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Woburn. It was formed in 2001 in response to the growth of El Hogar Projects in Honduras. EHMI is the central office for all aspects of donor support, communications, networking, and fundraising. An Epiphany parishioner serves as the Executive Director in North America for El Hogar Ministries, and other parishioners serve on the Board of Directors.
Haiti Medical Mission
In April 2011, Dr. Linda Brown led five Epiphany parishioners — carrying 500 lbs. of medications in 10 suitcases — to Leogane, Haiti on a one-week medical mission. The team stayed in the guesthouse at the Episcopal L’Hopital de Ste Croix in Leogane. Each day, they loaded duffle bags filled with medications into a truck and were driven to a rural village site to set up a mobile clinic. Over 500 very poor patients were seen over five days.
That mission was the beginning of our relationship with vital medical care in Leogane. Medical mission teams have gone each year since to run mobile clinics — armed with determination and their bags of medications. The 2017 trip had 18 team members, saw 1143 patients, and supplied medications, vitamins, toothbrushes and toothpaste and condoms, as well as reading glasses to those who needed them. Each family was given a beautiful fabric bag for their supplies.
The team works with Haitian colleagues who are now friends: a doctor, dentist and dental assistant, a community health worker and 13 translators, providing much needed local employment. Read inspiring blogs describing recent Haiti Medical Mission Team experiences and see more detail here:
The 2018 Haiti Medical Mission is scheduled for March 3 - 10, 2018.
Fabric Bags for Haiti
A large group of stitchers has supplied more than 2,800 bags to the Haiti Medical Mission over the past five years. The Haitians use these useful, attractive bags to hold the medicines, vitamins, and supplies given them in the clinic. There is always a need for people to sew these simple bags and for others to donate materials. To participate in the Haiti Bags project,
The Haiti Mission also provides funding support and books to L’Ecole Ste Croix, an Episcopal school located behind the guesthouse in Leogane. The school was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake and is still housed in temporary classrooms, so their need is great.
We hope that by training Haitian nurses, the Haitians will have access to consistent medical care and there will eventually be no need for our medical team to visit. We support this 4-year nursing school with scholarship money for the students.
Kids4Peace in the Middle East
As violence spread through the Holy Land in 2001, educators in the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem dreamed of a safe place where Jewish, Christian, and Muslim children could meet face to face, play together as kids, cross social divides, and share the stories of their lives. Kids 4Peace was born. Each summer, children from Jerusalem and the USA attend Kids4Peace camps, discovering what it means to "live together in peace".
One of our 2013 attendees, Elizabeth Nies, says: “Whether it is a big difference or small, peace is about acknowledging everyone’s differences, embracing them, and still being able to love one another.” Read her moving essay about her experience.
Interested in applying to the NH summer camp? Click here for an application.Contact Pam Chester
American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem
Epiphany actively participates with the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem (AFEDJ). The group is dedicated to building peace from the ground up — by financially supporting education and healthcare available to all in the Holy Land and raising awareness in the United States. As a partner to the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, AFEDJ is devoted to respect, human dignity, and the inherent value of each person.
Philangethemba, KwaZulu Natal, SA
Philangethemba (meaning “Living through Hope”) is a collaborative program, founded in 2004, between the social outreach ministry of St Agnes Anglican Church in Kloof, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa and the neighboring Molweni Valley community, to empower them to address their poverty related challenges and help prevent AIDS. The approach is to “do with” instead of “do for” people in need. The Philangethemba campus is adjacent to the High School in Molweni.
The Molweni region has a population of about 4500 people of which some 2,000 are young people, the target of Philangethemba’s ministry. The organization serves babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers, and elementary through high school children, and also young adults who have left school but who need to acquire employment skills.
Philangethemba provides Early Childhood Development (ECD) services and training, Education and Youth Development support services for Primary/Elementary School through to High School, Computer Training and school leaver Skills Development Training for the underprivileged.
Currently, Philangethemba needs funds for their Early Childhood Development Program (provides preschool enrichment activities at their Toy and book Library and they training ECD caregivers) and for their Youth Development Program both in Molweni, an impoverished area in KwaZulu Natal, S. Africa We aim to raise $25,000 to help pay salaries for the ECD Coordinator and Youth Coordinator. (Salaries are $12,616 each per annum.) Your donations are appreciated: Learn more here.
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Contact Helena Champion