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Epiphany, Plymouth Mdg Slideshow

  1. 1. WeAre Called Millennium Development Goals Campaign Epiphany Episcopal Church Plymouth, MN Spring 2009
  2. 2. The MDG Goal: End poverty by 2015. This is the historic promise 190 world leaders made at the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000 when they created the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of eight quantifiable targets designed to cut poverty in half by the year 2015. The MDGs envision rich and poor nations working together in partnership to combat poverty.
  3. 3. Church of the Epiphany and the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota are participating in the MDG campaign. Four ambassadors from Epiphany were trained at an MDG leadership team training.The focus of the training was to learn how to engage the skills of community organizing, the goal of which is to transform the Episcopal Church into a powerful effective force for the elimination of global poverty by 2012.
  4. 4. As its 2009 MDG project, Church of the Epiphany has chosen to support the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. The Miguel Angel Asturias Academy was founded in 1994 and serves 300 K-12 students, with an emphasis on children from the most vulnerable sectors of society.
  5. 5. Guatemala has one of the worst education systems in Latin America(UNESCO, 2004).
  6. 6. Of every ten children, only eight will ever set foot in elementary school, and all but three will drop out before sixth grade (UNDP2003).
  7. 7. What government-run schools exist are under- funded and overcrowded. Private schools, the supposed alternative, are in reality too expensive for the vast majority of the population, 75% of which live below the poverty line.
  8. 8. The net result is that education past basic literacy is beyond the reach of all but a fraction of the Guatemalan people.
  9. 9. The goal of Epiphany’s Lenten campaign is for 50% of its members to pledge 0.7% of their incomes to the MDG project. Epiphany MDG representatives worked with the Christian Foundation leaders, home fellowship groups and the youth group to support the MDGs.
  10. 10. The net results of the campaign will be reported following Easter.

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