Ecumenical Commission for Human Development [ECHD] is an ecumenical, independent, Christian, advocacy, humanitarian relief and development agency, founded in 2010 as non-profit organization striving to build a world free from poverty, disease and injustice by the love of God as manifested in Jesus Christ that brings about justice, peace and development for all.
Ecumenical Commission for Human Development works with vulnerable children, young adults, women, transgender communities, people with disability and religious minorities, irrespective of age, color, faith, race, sex, economic status or political opinion.
Ecumenical Commission for Human Development is utilizing different working approaches by providing emergency assistance in disasters, long-term development cooperation, strengthening fellowship with churches and ecumenical organizations and advocating for justice and peace with public authorities, media, religious leadership and other stakeholders.
Ecumenical Commission for Human Development have committed founding members, advisory board, senior management team and operational teams and volunteers in diversity and commitment along with strong relationships with marginalized communities, stakeholders and local and international ecumenical and secular partners.
The first Lenten Appeal was held in the local Roman Catholic and Protestant churches to encourage communities to raise funds for marginalised communities living below poverty line focusing to poor children, widows, and persecuted families in the country. This Lenten Appeal became known as Project
Compassion and in mid of the year, the group, which coordinated it, became Ecumenical Commission for Human Development and began meeting the challenges on injustice, poverty and disease, which built community self-reliance, promoting the realisation of the basic rights of marginalised and persecuted communities as defined in the Jesus of Nazareth Manifesto across the country.
In accordance with Biblical teaching, we believe that; “The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor; He has sent me to heal the broken hearted, to proclaim Liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set those who are oppressed”. Luke 4:18 ECHD’s work is based on the mission of the Triune God, in which we have been called to participate (Matthew 28: 18–20, Mark 16: 15, John 20: 21, Acts 1: 8). We believe in the Father, who still creates new things and sustains his creation. The Father sent Jesus to bring reconciliation between God and man and between people. He has sent the Holy Spirit, who gives us power to witness concerning the great works of God. Jesus’ invitation to his followers is:”As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” (John 20: 21). At the beginning of his ministry, in the sermon He gave at the synagogue in Nazareth, Jesus explained why the Father had sent him into the world. His sermon can be condensed into three main points: to bring good news to the poor, to free the captives and the oppressed, and to open the eyes of the blind.
Ecumenical Commission for Human Development is envisioned “to build a world free from poverty, disease and injustice” by the love of God as manifested in Jesus Christ that brings about Justice, Peace and development for all.
ECHD seeks to realise this vision by carrying out its mission statement of working with “to raise awareness, develop, demonstrate and disseminate innovative programs to eliminate poverty, disease and injustice by providing information and resources to empower the poorest families, indigenous groups and marginalised communities to become self-reliant”.
The guiding concern of interventions is the dignity of the human being which is the key principle of Jesus’ Manifesto of Nazareth. In accordance with the mandate, Ecumenical Commission for Human Development, strives to express solidarity with the poorest of the poor and it consciously endeavors to work in an inclusive manner regardless of the creed, culture, ethnicity and linguistic preference of its beneficiaries. Ecumenical Commission for Human Development follows the strategies given below:
- Assisting communities both in distress and disaster in re-organizing and enhancing their basic needs and amenities such as clean drinking water, food, health, shelter and education.
- Assisting communities in improving the quality of their life by enhancing their power, abilities, and access to basic human rights.
- Strengthening the institutional capacity of churches, civil society partners
and development workers through skills and trainings.
- Bridging the gap between national policy makers and implementing agencies such as national, provincial and district governments, national and international faith based and secular civil society organizations
Ecumenical Commission for Human Development has three-tier governing system with a General Body, Board of Advisers , representing eminent scholars, human rights activists, religious leaders and development professionals from various civil society organisations and educational institutions.
Ecumenical Commission for Human Development also has Senior Management Team responsible to advise the board and the management on current developmental issues, ways and means to address them. The key strategies and policies are overseen by our board members representing both genders. The senior management team has clear strategic objectives, operational plans along with proposed budget, good internal communications, consistency and congruence and that key cross- organisation issues are addressed.