Outreach, Episcopal Church, Santa Cruz, Aptos, Seacliff, Scotts Valley, Soquel

Global Outreach Projects

Inspired by people who have seen firsthand the work that is improving lives for families in the developing world, St. John’s supports global partnerships that are sustained and enriched by faithful advocates for the world’s poor.

 

Hope with South Sudan (HWSS)

St. John’s has been a partner and continuing supporter of HWSS since its founding in 2003 by Rev. Jerry Drino of Trinity Cathedral in San Jose.  He established HWSS after visiting Sudan and the refugee camps and settlements in Kenya.  HWSS’s original purpose was to support the 20 “Lost Boys of Sudan” in San Jose.  Now it not only provides scholarships and mentors for Lost Boys and Girls in the United States, it also provides education scholarships to South Sudanese children, youths and young adults living in exile in Kenya and Uganda.

Our South Sudanese friends have visited St. John’s many times and have told powerful stories about life in southern Sudan and about the Sudanese families and students living in Kenya and elsewhere.

Each year, St. John’s enters the Human Race and gives a large part of its donations to HWSS.  In addition, St. John’s holds a fundraiser around Christmas time to purchase mosquito nets, school books, school uniforms and other items needed by the South Sudanese scholarship recipients.

How to Help: Pray for the people of South Sudan.  Contact Karen Greenleaf.  You may donate online at http://hopewithsouthsudan.org/donate/ or send checks earmarked for Hope with South Sudan to: St. John’s/Outreach, 125 Canterbury Dr., Aptos, CA 95003.

 

Diocese of Western Tanganyika (DWT) Scholarship Project

St. John’s, in conjunction with the Diocese of El Camino Real, supports the DWT scholarship program, which this year provided scholarships for 564 secondary students and 23 college students.  Primary school education is free in Tanzania except for the cost of uniforms.  However, secondary schools require students to pay tuition in addition to uniforms and books.  Many students who are AIDS orphans or whose families are very poor cannot afford this.   The DWT Scholarship Project provides scholarships to successful students selected on the basis of need by the parish priests. Tanzania has one of the world’s smallest public secondary school systems.

Many, many members of St. John’s generously provide scholarships.  Not only does this give hope for a better life to the students and their families, but also benefits their communities and helps the development of Tanzania one student at a time.

How to Help:  For more information, contact the Diocese of El Camino Real at 831-394-4465 or call the office.  You can donate online at http://realepiscopal.org/donate.

 

Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD)

ERD provides emergency assistance in times of disaster, rebuilds devastated communities and offers long-term program development solutions to fight poverty. Its four core programs are to: (1) Alleviate Hunger and Improve Food Supply; (2) Create Economic Opportunities and Strengthen Communities; (3) Promote Health and Fight Disease; and (4) Respond to Disasters and Rebuild Communities

St. John’s holds an annual appeal each spring.

How to Help: You can visit the ERD website and donate online at https://www.episcopalrelief.org/cart or send a check to Episcopal Relief and Development, P.O. Box 7058, Merrifield, VA  22116-7058.

 

VAMOS!

VAMOS! is a nonprofit serving the very poor in Cuernavaca, Mexico.  It was founded in 1987 by four people from Oregon who visited Mexico and encountered children as young as 3 and their parents selling candy or crafts on the street 12-16 hours a day.

With the cooperation and participation of their parents, a small school was opened so that the children could have a nourishing meal and two hours of education per day.  From small beginnings VAMOS! now has 15 community centers in Cuernavaca, has taught thousands of children and their parents to read and write, has fed over 500,000 hungry people and provides free medical and dental services.

How to Help: You may send donations to VAMOS! at P.O. Box 212, Weston, VT, 05161 or online at http://www.vamos.org.mx/donate/.  Contact Mary-Nona or Michael Hudson for more information

 

BALI SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

St. John’s has been supporting the Bali Scholarship Program since its inception in 2005. In fact this program, initiated by the Reformed Church of Bali, began as a program to purchase pigs and cows for Christian farming families who were unable to afford them. Christians are 1% of the population in Bali, and often face discrimination and economic hardship in this Hindu-dominant, very communitarian culture. But since that time, given the stresses on the Balinese economy, the need to provide scholarships to poor families (regardless of religious affiliation) has become a pressing need. St. John’s now supports 8 schoolchildren from first grade through high school. Several of our students have gone on to college, and one to seminary.

How to Help: If you would like to help support students in Bali, please contact the Rev. Eliza Linley at ammaeliza@igc.org.

 

AMERICA’S CHILDREN (FORMERLY “CHILDREN OF THE AMERICA’S”)

St. John’s, under the able leadership of Julie and Kim Fudge, has twice made trips to Tijuana, Mexico, taking tons of food to five dining centers that feed 500 children every morning before they go to school.  St. John’s has also delivered 100 “rainbow backpacks” (filled with enough school supplies for one year) to students that otherwise would not have them.  On these trips, we have prepared meals for families (mainly children) scavenging for a livelihood in the Tijuana garbage dumps.  These trips have been life-changing for the adults and youths involved.

How to Help:  Contact Mary-Nona or Michael Hudson or Karen Greenleaf.  To make a donation, please visit http://www.americaschildren.org/donate/.

 

CENTRO BUEN PASTOR

In the Dominican Republic, the Sisters of the Transfiguration with the help of their Diocese and many generous friends in the United States, have built a church, a school, and a medical clinic in the impoverished Barrio Las Flores, a neighborhood in the city of San Pedro de Macoris.  Their efforts allow children who otherwise could not afford to attend the public schools begin their education and youngsters who are vulnerable to preventable or treatable diseases to be vaccinated and treated.

How to Help:  A donation may be made to the Community of the Transfiguration through our office.

 

FINCA

The Foundation for International Community Assistance (FINCA International) is a non-profit, microfinance organization, founded in 1984.  Sometimes referred to as the “World Bank for the Poor” and a “poverty vaccine for the planet,” FINCA is the innovator of the village banking methodology in microcredit and is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of modern day microfinance. The mission of FINCA is to provide “financial services to the world’s lowest-income entrepreneurs so they can create jobs, build assets, and improve their standard of living.”  In the microfinance industry, FINCA is known for reaching the very poorest market segments, particularly women. In fact, women comprised 70 percent of its small loan clients.

How to Help:  You may read more about FINCA and/or donate at http://www.finca.org.

 

SUPPORTING INDIVIDUALS

St. John’s has supported individuals (Robin Denney, Cristin O’Grady, Maurice Dyer) working in Africa and other developing areas to educate, provide health care, relieve poverty, and/or implement programs leading to self-sufficiency.