THE CARPENTERS’ KIDS

During the COVID-19 crisis, we are maintaining communication with our contacts in Dodoma and Nzali, Tanzania regarding their exposure to the pandemic and how we can help. Please continue to keep these vulnerable people in prayer.

The Carpenter’s Kids program was started by Bishop Mdimi Mhogolo in Central Tanganyika in Tanzania. He understood that schooling is the first stage of hope for the building of future lives. “Carpenter’s Kids” are Tanzanian HIV/AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children who are selected after screening by their parishes and a centralized screening panel. The goal is to garner support for 50 children in each of the 200 parishes in the Diocese of Central Tanganyika. This program asks us to commit $100 to support a child in school there for an entire year. The Carpenter’s Kids child is issued a uniform and shoes, a backpack and supplies, all necessary to attend school, and a nutritious meal every school day. It is amazing that $100 per year can dramatically change a child’s life. St. Paul’s is committed to supporting a group of 50-70 Carpenter’s Kids’ children and to partner with the parishioners of St. Paul’s, Nzali, prayerfully, financially and in many other ways.

Sign up today to support one child or several! Click here to find a Carpenter’s Kids Pledge Card. Or, sign up to help us partner with the villagers of Nzali in other ways. Contact Debbie Scott for more information about this project.

Click here to read our mission blog, The Nzali Files.

EPISCOPAL RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT

Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) works in collaboration with church partners and other local organizations to facilitate healthier, more fulfilling lives in communities that are struggling with hunger, poverty, disaster and disease. ERD also works around the world and here in the US responding to and rebuilding after disasters. ERD programs impact the lives of over 3 million people annually. They respect the dignity of all people and view them as our neighbors, working alongside participants regardless of religious affiliation or background. Their unique expertise, experience and practical knowledge allow them to guide communities to lasting change.

In ERD’s disaster response and recovery work, they offer resources and training to help people prepare for disasters and provide support so vulnerable people can make a full and sustained recovery. Their integrated strategies are developed in collaboration with local partners and communities to help ensure the results they generate are sustained over the long-term. Learn more about ERD’s integrated approach here.