Millennium Development Goals Campaign
Epiphany Episcopal Church
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.
Church of the Epiphany and the Episcopal
Diocese of Minnesota are participating in the
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.
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.
Guatemala has one of the worst education
systems in Latin America(UNESCO, 2004).
Of every ten children, only eight will ever
set foot in elementary school, and all but
three will drop out before sixth grade (UNDP2003).
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.
The net result is that education past basic
literacy is beyond the reach of all but a
fraction of the Guatemalan people.
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.
The net results of the campaign will be
reported following Easter.