Episcopal Relief & Development

Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) works with Episcopal Church partners and other local organizations to save lives and transform communities worldwide. ERD rebuilds after disasters and empower people to create lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger and disease. Working in close to 40 countries, their programs impact the lives of approximately three million people around the world.


Lord, when was it that
We saw you hungry and gave you food?
We saw you thirsty and gave you something to drink?
We saw you a stranger and welcomed you?
We saw you sick and took care of you?
We saw you in prison and visited you?
‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’
—Matthew 25: 37-40 (NRSV)


The mandate of ERD is taken from Jesus’ words found in Matthew 25. All of Episcopal Relief and Development’s international development programs work toward achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.

ERD'S four core program areas:

Alleviate Hunger and Improve Food Supply
Create Economic Opportunities and Strengthen Communities
Promote Health and Fight Disease
Respond to Disasters and Rebuild Communities

To learn more about the specific kinds of work ERD does, and how you can help with their cause, visit their website.


ERD at Good Shepherd