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February Web Series Feature Partners in Sudan and Friends in Atlanta

The Power of Partnerships this month highlights the continuing work of the Episcopal Church of Sudan (ECS) and its relief and development arm, SUDRA, to provide assistance to refugees and internally displaced people who are returning to their homes in the newly created country of Southern Sudan. In addition, to help people prepare for the referendum on independence, dioceses of the ECS had been conducting civic education workshops explaining the process and importance of voting, as well as the meaning of both possible outcomes.

February's Friends of Episcopal Relief & Development celebrates the generosity of one congregation, the Church of the Common Ground, in Atlanta, GA. Most of the congregants are homeless and living on limited resources, but they took up a collection for Episcopal Relief & Development in order to help others in need. Gathering donations through Advent and on Christmas Eve, they raised enough money to purchase items from the Gifts for Life catalog, "reaching out in peace," as one member put it, to countries around the world.

The monthly Power of Partnerships and Friends of Episcopal Relief & Development web features share stories about the agency's partners in the US and worldwide. Find past installments of Friends of Episcopal Relief & Development and the Power of Partnerships on our website. To learn more about Episcopal Relief & Development's programs or make a contribution, visit www.er-d.org, or call 1.800.344.7626 ext.5129. Contributions can be mailed to Episcopal Relief & Development, PO Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.

Episcopal Relief & Development is the international relief and development agency of the Episcopal Church of the United States. As an independent 501(c) (3) organization, Episcopal Relief & Development takes its mandate from Jesus' words found in Matthew 25. Its programs work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Together with the worldwide Church and ecumenical partners, Episcopal Relief & Development strengthens communities today to meet tomorrow's challenges. We rebuild after disasters and empower people by offering lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger and disease, including HIV/AIDS and malaria.



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