Connect with a Development Partner on the Ground

Organizational partners provide an on the ground perspective, working directly with local churches and communities.  Through them, you can identify a partner with whom they are involved.  A partner already on the development journey. The direction of financial support to these organizations removes the power dynamic of money in a relationship, and provides the opportunity for both authentic relationship and accompaniment, and the knowledge that valuable skills are being developed to support sustainable development in the community.

The organizations highlighted here are well known to our Diocese, and represent a Christian approach to working with the oppressed and marginalized populations within their respective countries.

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TATUA- Nairobi, Kenya

Winner of the 2012 Mission Tithe Council Grant

Founded in 2011 as Be The Change- Kenya, Tatua Kenya is a non-profit focused on creating community led initiatives for change in Kenya.  Tatua Kenya was founded as a way of serving Kenyans who understand the power of community organizing and want new solutions to poverty.  As the local community came together, they became more hopeful and excited about their ability to impact poverty.  Instead of waiting for a solution, they became the solution and in doing so their impact increased exponentially. It didn’t take long to see that Be the Change – Kenya was growing into something more, something rooted in the solutions of community organizing rather than a specific issue.

Since their launch in 2012 they have worked with over 50 different community movements in Kenya, a Pan-African campaign and an international campaign. We have worked on issues of prison care, youth civic engagement, health care reform and gender equality. In less than a year we’ve affected over 1,000 individuals involved in starting movements and thousands of people served by those movements.

Co founder Natalie Finstad grew up in our diocese and is currently a postulant for the diaconate, serving at St. John’s in Hingham.  She and co-founder Kenneth Chomba were speakers at the 2016 Global Mission Summit.


Foundation CRISTOSAL- San Salvador, El Salvador

Winner of the 2013 Mission Tithe Council Grant

Foundation Cristosal is a faith-based human rights and community development organization with Anglican roots that works to strengthen the ability of the poor to act for justice and development in El Salvador. Cristosal’s Human Rights and Community Development Program uses an innovative human rights-based approach to development that engages the poor as equal partners in the construction of development solutions, not as recipients of charity. Cristosal’s team of lawyers and community organizers works with community leaders to build local capacities, peaceably claim their rights, gain access to resources and to demand accountability from elected officials to solve the complex problems of poverty and exclusion.

Cristosal’s work results in strengthened leadership and community organizations that generate practical solutions to development problems independent of continued aid. In addition, Cristosal promotes mutually transformative mission relationships through their comprehensive Global School for Engagement, which builds partnerships though cultural exchanges and experiential learning alongside Salvadorans.

Executive Director Noah Bullock grew up in our diocese.  Jeanne Rikkers, Director of the Cristosal Center for Research and Learning in Human Rights, was a speaker at the 2016 Global Mission Summit.


EL HOGAR- Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Winner of the 2014 Mission Tithe Council Grant

The mission of El Hogar is to transform and empower abandoned and hopelessly poor children in Honduras by providing a loving home and education. El Hogar’s goal is for them to fulfill their ultimate potential as productive, caring and independent Honduran citizens.  El Hogar serves the poorest children and young people of Honduras, offering them a home, education, Christian values, love and vocational skills, so that they have an opportunity to break the cycle of poverty into which they were born.  Started in 1979 as an orphanage for young boys, the center has grown to include a co-ed elementary school, an agricultural school, a technical school, and a high school for girls.

El Hogar has realized much growth from the original five boys to over 250 boys and girls in the four centers. They have a capable Honduran staff of 75 dedicated role models for the children. The children learn by instruction and example, and through the love of God. They are baptized and confirmed in the Episcopal Church. They develop daily prayer discipline, and attend weekly Eucharist conducted by their chaplain, an Episcopal priest.

Liz Kinchen, Executive Director in North America, was a speaker at the 2016 Global Mission Summit. She is also a member of Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester.


Kasese Community Health and Education Foundation (KCHEF)- Kasese, Uganda

KCHEF (formerly the Bishop Masereka Christian Foundation) is a collaboration of Ugandans and U.S. supporters to support development and self-sufficiency through health care for women and infants and education for children. Focused on Kasese and the Rwenzori district of southwestern Uganda,

As a locally-led organization, KCHEF represents the single most effective way to empower a community in a region severely impacted by conflict, disease, and extreme poverty.

With these core transformations well begun and continuing, the mission of KCHEF remains robust as it serves the community of Kasese:

  • The Education Program provides critically needed education to more than 450 vulnerable children in primary and secondary school as well as vocational and university education.
  • The clinic meets the daily medical needs of at least 100 patients a day, most of them women and children.
  • The clinic staff manages community outreach programs to deliver public health services to outlying communities including childhood vaccinations, male circumcision and pre-natal care.

Jubilee Global Mission has a long history of partnership with and support for KCHEF.

Reconciliation, Evangelism, and Christian Healing for Rwanda (REACH)- Kigali, Rwanda

The Rev. Philbert Kalisa was born to Rwandan parents who were exiled in a refugee camp in Burundi.  He was ordained in the Episcopal Church of Burundi in Gitega in 1989 but it was while studying Theology in the UK (1993 – 1996)  that he felt called to the reconciliation ministry in Rwanda, and following a visit in 1995,  he moved to Rwanda in 1996 and started the ministry of REACH. 

In response to God's calling for reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18 "All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation") Reconciliation Evangelism and Christian Healing (REACH) for Rwanda exists to serve the peoples of the Great Lakes Region of Africa in supporting their journey towards healing, reconciliation and sustainable development.  REACH does this by:

  • Bringing together people, often those who have been in conflict
  • Providing them with opportunities for learning, truth-telling, restorative justice, healing and forgiveness
  • Assisting them to work together in various peace-building initiatives.

Philbert and the Rev. Steven Bonsey were speakers at the 2016 Global Mission Summit.


American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem
(AFEDJ) - Jerusalem, Israel

AFEDJ was founded in 1988 by The Rt. Rev. Peter Lee of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia and The Rt. Rev. Samir Kafity of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. In 2005, a merger with Evangelical Homes for Children created a stronger but still volunteer led organization. In 2008, the Board moved to establish professional management. This allowed AFEDJ to dramatically increase its reach and build awareness of the humanitarian needs of those living in our Holy Land. Today, our partnership with the Diocese and the current Bishop, the Most Rev. Suheil Dawani, continues to be strengthened as we deepen relationships and reach more committed, generous, compassionate supporters across the United States.

The Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, part of the Anglican Communion, was established in Jerusalem in 1833. The Diocese currently employs more than 1,500 people and provides services in Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. Through its institutions, and its 24 parishes, the Diocese spreads a message of mutual respect and cooperation, working to bring peace and reconciliation to this conflict-torn region. Diocesan schools, hospitals, and institutions for those with disabilities offer healing and hope for the future. AFEDJ’s mission is to support this humanitarian work. The Diocese of Jerusalem provides services and care to those in need, regardless of ethnic, religious, or economic background.

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Episcopal Relief and Development

Episcopal Relief & Development works closely with Church partners and local organizations in almost 40 countries worldwide, creating long-term, local strategies to address global challenges.

Their programs center around four core areas to reduce poverty, hunger and disease and create stronger, more resilient communities after disasters.  To do this, they use a model of Asset based Community Development (ABCD), an approach that catalyzes change and development based on utilizing the existing gifts and capacities of people and their communities. The ABCD model discourages development brought in from an outside source, but rather energizes change and development from within. For truly sustainable development, it’s important to focus on a community’s strengths versus solely its needs. The important factor is finding the area where local assets meet local needs.

Their programmatic philosophy is one that recognizes that genuine, sustainable change happens only when it comes from within an individual and within a community. This recognition motivates us to strategize in a way that promotes healing, empowerment and a thriving community. Through a more intentional application of asset-focused principles, Episcopal Relief & Development seeks to transform how we view ourselves and in turn connect with colleagues, partners, communities and constituencies.

Global Mission staff members have been trained in the ABCD method of development and can provide additional information upon request.

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Episcopal Migration Ministries

Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) lives the call of welcome by supporting refugees, immigrants, and the communities that embrace them as they walk together in The Episcopal Church’s movement to create loving, liberating, and life-giving relationships rooted in compassion. EMM’s desire to honor the inherent value of human connection brings communities together to love their neighbors as themselves.

EMM acts in covenant with individuals and partners to ensure the equity of all voices as they work to serve, engage, and sustain the mission.  Affiliates provide refugees with the items and the resettlement services they’ll need during their first 30 days in the U.S., including housing, food, furnishings, and orientation to life in their new communities. Our partners also connect newcomers to services like English classes and job training, while helping them access health care, enroll their children in school and understand the other services available in the community.

Creating and maintaining welcome for new Americans involves cooperation from all members of a community, and developing relationships and supports for refugees is a vital priority for Episcopal Migration Ministries and its affiliates.

Episcopal Migration Ministries affiliates exist throughout Massachusetts, and welcome the opportunity to work with congregations interested in Refugee Resettlement Ministry.

Please contact the Office of Global Mission for more information on these and other potential mission partners.