Update from EPES
An article in the May 2014 issue of The Lutheran highlights the recent work of our ELCA missionary Karen Anderson of Fundacion EPES (Educacion Popular en Salud / Popular Education in Health Foundation) in Santiago, Chile. The organization, which began as a health-training project of the ELCA in Chile, sponsored a two-week training course in January 2014 for women from Kenya, Uganda and Chile. Karen said of the training course that, "it was 'probably the first time a Chilean and a Kenyan organization have worked so closely together to share strategies to empower women. The experience has been transformative for all of us.'” Read the full article here: Crossing Continents. To find out more about EPES, visit the EPES website here.
More recently, EPES has been responding to the recent terrible fires of April 13th, 2014 in Valparaiso, Chile, 70 miles west of Santiago. According to an article in the BBC, 10,000 people were evacuated, twelve people died, and many homes were lost. Please keep in your prayers Karen, the others at EPES who are helping the people in Valparaiso, and the displaced residents of Valparaiso.