The Millenium Development Goals:
An Invitation To Live The Gospel
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me [...] 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 25:35-36, 40b
Global Mission in the Diocese of Maryland
In 2006, the Diocese of Maryland, in response to the call of the Episcopal Church in Convention, passed a resolution to support the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs are an international effort to end extreme poverty by 2015. As of 2013, significant progress has been made in meeting targets such as halving the number of people living in extreme poverty and the proportion of people living without sustainable access to drinking water. Fewer people are now living in urban slums. More people have access to health services and considerable gains have been made in the fight against malaria and tuberculosis. Primary education is now more available to children living in extreme poverty.
Although progress toward achieving the MDGs has been made, many areas of great need remain to be addressed. For example, throughout the world, one in eight people suffer from hunger. Many women continue to die in childbirth because they do not have access to adequate care. Sanitary facilities which we often take for granted are not available to more than 2.5 billion people causing major health and environmental crises.
Many congregations in the Diocese of Maryland support projects to end extreme poverty and its effects in the poorest countries of the world. The Global Mission Committee of the Diocese of Maryland encourages congregations to apply for Global Mission grant funds for projects aimed at relieving poverty and improving health and education in the countries addressed by the MDGs. Access the Global Missions Grant Application below for a list of these countries.
What are the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)?
The MDGs are a worldwide initiative to:
- Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
- Achieve universal primary education for children
- Promote gender equality and empower women
- Reduce child mortality
- Promote maternal health
- Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases
- Ensure environmental sustainability
- Create a global partnership for development
How can my congregation apply for Global Mission grant funds for our project?
Complete the Global Mission Grant Application found on this webpage and submit it by December 20. Grants will be reviewed and decisions will be made in January. Grant funds will be disbursed in June.
How may Global Mission grant funds be used?
Grant funds are to be used to further the stated goals of the project approved for funding by the Global Mission Committee. Grant funds must be used to directly benefit people living in poverty that the project is meant to benefit.
Grant money may not be used to:
- cover administrative and/or other related costs;
- purchase transportation, accommodations, food or other amenities for project administrators, staff, financial supporters, or volunteers; and/or
- fund mission trips, although we acknowledge and value the benefits of mission trips for people of all ages.
What are the responsibilities of grantees?
Grantees are expected to comply with all grant requirements (see the grant application) and to email a mid-year project progress report (due December 1) and a final project report (due June 1) to the Chair of the Global Mission Committee.
What kinds of projects have received funding?
In 2013, the Global Mission Committee funded the following projects:
- Be the Change – Kenya (Sponsoring parish – All Saints’ Parish, Sunderland): to implement community organizing and leadership training for young adult Kenyans to address child poverty in their communities
- The Clinic of the Bishop Masereka Christian Foundation – Kasese, Uganda (Sponsoring Parishes: St. Anne’s, Annapolis and St. Luke’s, Eastport): to purchase a generator to power the clinic serving pregnant women, newborn infants, others receiving HIV/AIDS testing and counseling, and to treat people suffering with malaria and other tropical diseases
- Honduran Missions (Sponsoring Organization – The Episcopal Diocese of MD, Diocesan Youth Office): for construction and improvement of churches and schools in Talanga and Tegucigalpa, Honduras
- Nyakishenyi African Mission – Southwestern Uganda (Sponsoring parish – Transfiguration Braddock Heights): for continued construction of the health care facility
- Sustainable Green Commerce for the Women of Opac Village – Uganda (Sponsoring parish – St. John’s Mt. Washington): to support the planting of sunflower seeds and tic tree seedlings, a project aimed at improving economic outcomes for women and children
Who are the members of the Global Mission Committee?
The Committee is composed of dedicated lay people and clergy from congregations throughout the diocese. They volunteer their time and effort to evaluate grant proposals submitted to the Committee and work collaboratively to select those which will receive funding. Projects are evaluated and selected based on the criteria stated in the grant application.