Episcopal Health Foundation Grant Supports Early Childhood Development in Zambia

Early Childhood Development (ECD) Center in Zambia

“We are very grateful for this partnership and the generosity of the Episcopal Health Foundation,” said Robert W. Radtke, President of Episcopal Relief & Development. “Together, we have an opportunity to make an even greater impact on the lives of so many vulnerable children and their families.”

Episcopal Relief & Development is pleased to announce that it has received a $200,000 grant from the Episcopal Health Foundation to support its integrated Early Childhood Development program in Zambia.

The grant aligns with the mission and commitment of both organizations to build and improve the infrastructure of communities beginning with prenatal care. It will enable Episcopal Relief & Development and a local partner, Zambia Anglican Council Outreach Programmes (ZACOP), to impact approximately 17,520 children under the age of three, many of whom are impacted by HIV/AIDS.

“We are very grateful for this partnership and the generosity of the Episcopal Health Foundation,” said Robert W. Radtke, President of Episcopal Relief & Development. “Together, we have an opportunity to make an even greater impact on the lives of so many vulnerable children and their families.”

The support from the Episcopal Health Foundation contributes to the program’s expansion to all five Anglican dioceses in Zambia. The program currently works with approximately 12,720 children under the age of three along with 6,360 primary parents and caregivers in 53 communities in rural Zambia. It also enables the program to include an additional 4,800 children and 2,400 primary caregivers and parents in 20 new ECD centers. Each center serves as a hub for 240 children and 120 primary caregivers/parents.

“Episcopal Relief & Development’s Early Childhood Development program has shown success in increasing primary caregivers’ nurturing care and in strengthening their connections to services,” said Katy Butterwick, program officer at the Episcopal Health Foundation. “This support of strong brain development is helping build a foundation for healthy lives.”

This is Episcopal Relief & Development’s second grant from the Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF). In 2016, EHF supported the…

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