International

Christ Church's international outreach efforts support the global community through educational and spiritual programming, financial support to mission partners, particularly in Africa and the Middle East, and through the organization of pilgrimages to visit mission partners on their native soil. Parishioners are encouraged to bring worthy international projects to the attention of the Mission Committee. Current partners are listed below in alphabetical order.

 

Africa Education Learning Initiative
Gift Amount: $7,000
Contact: Kitty Hempstone 

The Africa Education Learning Initiative (Africa ELI) develops and expands secondary education opportunities in South Sudan, with particular focus on education for girls. Christ Church has supported Africa ELI since 2009. Recent funding went towards scholarships so girls could remain in school, salaries to retain trained teachers, and food. Due to political unrest, the future was uncertain. Africa ELI is considering its requirements for the coming academic year – scholarships and food being the greatest needs at this time and its proposal to Christ Church will be based on a long-range plan. Once the Juba area is secure, visitors and short-term teachers will again be welcomed at the school. Meanwhile, volunteers are needed to help with fundraising and hospitality for visitors from South Sudan Speakers from Africa ELI regularly visit Washington and speak at a Mission dinner at Christ Church and to other informal groups.

 

American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem
Gift amount: $5,000
Contact: Louise Ross
Website: www.afedj.org

Christ Church's Middle East mission acts in solidarity with those who work for peace in Jerusalem and throughout the Middle East. Through study, prayer, and pilgrimage, the goal is to build relationships and plant seeds that will further peace with justice. Christ Church is aligned with the Diocese of Washington in forming a partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. Specific support is provided to the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem (AFEDJ), an organization dedicated to equity, respect, and human dignity. AFEDJ partners with the Diocese of Jerusalem to increase its capacity to teach and heal, promote and raise funds for humanitarian work, and better serve the people in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, and Israel. Volunteers can assist with the Celebration of St. Nicholas Day to benefit children in the Holy Land. Suggested activities include a gift tree, a pageant, hymn singing, and collecting change in mite boxes provided by AFEDJ.

 

Eluvukweni Mission District
Gift: $2,500
Contact: Mary McCarthy and Nora Cameron

Eluvukweni Mission District is located in the Crossroads suburb of Capetown, South Africa. The parish serves an impoverished congregation that has longed for its own church building. In 2016, permission was finally obtained to permit the building of a church on land previously owned by the City of Cape Town. Christ Church's gift will help fund the new building, as well as help with providing health and educational services.

 

Friends of Honduras USA
Gift amount: $4,300
Contact: Kitty Hempstone
Website: www.friendsofhondurasusa.org

Friends of Honduras USA (FoH) is committed to securing the resources necessary for grassroots programs to provide Honduran children a path out of poverty and crime. FoH encourages trustworthy local, national, and international communication in support of the network of dedicated individuals and organizations in Honduras. The group aims to foster a commitment to learning at an early age by improving the learning environment in the remote villages of San Antonio and Cortes. FoH hopes to construct 12 kindergarten schools in the San Antonio area – six are completed and a seventh under construction. FoH installed, maintains and is expanding a water purification system to serve the town of San Antonio, including the local school with 1,100 children attending daily. 

 

Holy Cross Monastery and School, Grahamstown, South Africa
Gift amount: $6,000
Contact: Kitty Hempstone
Website: www.umaria.co.za

The Holy Cross Monastery (Mariya Umama we Themba Monastery) and School in Grahamstown is a mission partner of the International and Contemplative Life Mission groups. The school serves children from pre-school through third grade from nearby farms. Health care and meals are provided to students and their families in an area ill-served by the government. Gifts from Christ Church have funded extensions to the school, playground equipment, health tests, a bus, and scholarships for graduates to attend middle and high school. Hands-on volunteer opportunities are limited. Those who wish to visit are welcome to stay for several weeks (housing provided) and work with the children on tutoring, games, excursions, and reading. Christ Church has sent books, provided by the Bishop Walker School, to the school in Grahamstown. Speakers from the school visit Christ Church annually, evidence of the importance of the relationship to the Monastry. 

 

Innocents at Risk
Gift amount: $3,000
Contact: Debbie Sigmund
Website: www.innocentsatrisk.org

Parishioner Deborah Sigmund founded Innocents at Risk in 2005 to educate the community on the dangers of child exploitation and trafficking, a $150-billion-dollar worldwide business and the fastest growing criminal activity in the world. On the education front, Innocents at Risk spearheaded the Flight Attendant Initiative in 2008 aimed at instructing flight attendants and airline personnel on how to identify and report children at risk of trafficking in airports and on planes. In 2009, Innocents partnered with the Department of Homeland Security and Airline Ambassadors to expand this successful initiative which, according to DHS, has saved thousands of lives. Innocents at Risk began the Kids Stay Safe Campaign in District of Columbia schools. Most recently, Innocents, in partnership with Operation Underground Railroad, has expanded its efforts to assist in locating safe havens for children rescued from trafficking in the Dominican Republic and Mexico. Volunteers are needed to host speaking events, arrange speaking opportunities in schools, clubs and communities, and to help organize fundraising efforts.

 

Ministry for Refugee Resettlement
Gift: $6,000
Contact: Nora Cameron
Website: www.lssnca.org

Christ Church, St. John's, Georgetown, and All Souls, Woodley Park, have established a relationship with Lutheran Social Services to co-sponsor the resettlement of a refugee family in the Georgetown/Washington area. This is a new venture begin in March 2017. Funds will be used to help with organizing and planning, and the needs of the family. It is hoped to involve Christ Church parishioners directly in this effort going forward.

 

Mpambara-Cox Foundation
Gift amount: $7,500
Contact: Kitty Hempstone
Website: www.mcoxfoundation.org

Established by parishioner Anita Mpambara Cox, the Foundation is run by volunteers in the U.S. and at an office in Kabale, Uganda, Ms. Cox's hometown. The Kabale program aims to strengthen government-aided schools. Peace Corps volunteers assist with reading and sports, and help government teachers with internet literacy and the nutrition-focused garden. The program includes a women's micro-finance project, a computer training school, provision of clean water, a feeding program, and an internet cafe for income generation. Since 2014, Christ Church has taken a leadership role in filling many of the Foundation’s needs. In 2016, Peace Corps volunteers will be placed in each of the three schools, with the room and board for two being funded by Christ Church’s gift of $5,000. Volunteer opportunities include being pen pals and working on fundraising activities. Ms. Cox is looking into the possibility of parishioners visiting the schools.

 

Saint Mary Foundation for Foreign and Domestic Mission
Gift amount: $5,000
Contact: Cynthia Efird 
Website: www.stmaryseast.org

Based in Northern Malawi, the Malawian Sisters of Saint Mary provide food, education, and hope for children left parentless due to HIV/AIDS, and to the families who care for these children. With support from St. Mary's Convent, Greenwich, New York, Christ Church, and other Episcopal parishes, scholarships are available for students at the primary, secondary, and university levels. Volunteers can offer support through prayer, help with local presentations, contributions to scholarships, and assistance with fundraising efforts through the Saint Mary's Foundation for Foreign & Domestic Mission. Volunteers can also provide hospitality to the sisters when they visit.