Strong communities are the building blocks for lasting development. The Anglican Alliance is at the grassroots with the local churches in their ministry to local people.
Every church has its own mission responding to the needs of the local community. Our mandate in the Alliance is to share the experiences of Anglicans who are working in their communities to tackle poverty and end injustice. Every community is unique, every story is different. Some of the basics are set out here.
Regional Forums and Steering Groups are being held by the Anglican Alliance to ensure our work reflects the needs and views of the local community. A regional forum for South and South East Asia was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in June. Presentations and resources are linked at the bottom of this page. And a regional forum in Panama took place in October for Latin America and the Caribbean.
Africa and the Pacific will hold their forums in 2014.
Health is the development prioirty is some communities. HIV and Aids has devastated some communities: 20 million people have died and 40 million people are still living with the disease. In Malawi and Zimbabwe the Church is providing care in the community for orphans and children affected by HIV, and also for infected adults.
Church and community mobilisation is achieved by the Church working with partners including Tearfund and the Mothers Union. The Anglican Alliance is supporting Umoja, a process in which the Church identifies community needs and then works with the community to meet them. Through church community mobilisation in Mount Kenya East Diocese, local farming was transformed through a new irrigation system, fish farm and biogas scheme.
Education is a driver for community development. It's also an area in which the Church has a long track record of service. Throughout the world Alliance partners provide education at every level. And we’ve been key to ensuring that girls and women get equal access to education.
Resources From the Regional Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 17th - 21st June 2013