The Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East is a province of the Anglican Communion stretching from Iran in the east to Algeria in the west, and Cyprus in the north to Somalia in the south. It is the largest and the most diverse Anglican province. The province estimates that it has around 35,000 baptized members in over 150 congregations. The province has around 50 educational or medical establishments and 120 clergy.
The province is divided into four dioceses:
- The Diocese of Jerusalem — covering Israel, Palestinian territories, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon,
- The Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf — covering Cyprus, the Persian Gulf states, Arabia and Iraq,
- The Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa – covering Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia and Djibouti, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya,
- The Diocese of Iran.
This year the support for Jerusalem and the Middle East is being targeted towards the following projects:
Ras Morbat Clinic was opened by Christ Church Aden in 1996 to provide affordable and reliable health care to the community living near the church. Since its beginning the general department of the clinic has provided primary health care to the poorest people in the local community, and thousands of people have come through the doors of the clinic over the years. As a charitable clinic RMC has always been dependent on external resources to continue its work with the local population.
(Right: At the Ras Morbat Clinic)
The Diocese of Egypt runs six nurseries in community development centres in poor areas of Cairo and Alexandria. In these areas, the level of education of the people is very low and there is a lack of educational services for their children. These nurseries provide an opportunity for children less than 6 years of age to receive good care and education in preparation for primary school .In addition, the centres work with the parents, and there are regular meetings and seminars on topics such as children's rights, parenting skills, neglect and abuse, and children's health. The Diocese of Egypt is currently establishing a nursery at a new community development centre in a slum area in the city of Suez.