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Archives 2010

Haiti: Progressing with Hope
January 12 marks one year since the devastating earthquake shook the impoverished nation of Haiti. While progress has been painstakingly slow, signs of hope are springing up for those affected by the earthquake
Sudan: Going the Distance
to Reach Water
In Juba, Southern Sudan, thousands of women and children travel miles to fetch water for cooking and bathing, only to draw water that is often contaminated. Through UMCOR’s Water and Sanitation program, the completion of new hand-dug wells in Juba will provide a safe water source for its most vulnerable communities.
World AIDS Day 2010
Caring for Those Left Behind
An estimated 13.1 million children in sub-Saharan Africa have lost one or both parents to AIDS in 2008, according to a UNAIDS 2009 report. When children are left behind to care for themselves or their siblings, promises for a bright future grow dim. UM Global AIDS Fund-supported ZOE Orphan Empowerment Project is helping children gain the life skills they need and hope for a brighter tomorrow.
Fair Trade Chocolate
A Better Alternative
Purchasing fairly traded chocolate or cocoa products through the UMCOR Coffee Project allows farmers to earn a stable and fair price for their crops while delivering a fair price to consumers.
Pakistan Floods
Heavy monsoon rains have caused severe damage throughout the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Punjab, and Sindh provinces of Pakistan, affecting about 14 million people. UMCOR is responding to the Pakistan floods by providing clean drinking water, food, temporary shelter, and medical aid to tens of thousands of people in collaboration with Church of Pakistan, Church World Service, and GlobalMedic.
World Refugee Day
For 25 years, The Inter-Church Refugee Resettlement Committee, York, Penn., established by the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference, has welcomed over 20 families from 13 countries around the world—building long lasting friendships and family.
Haiti: Earthquake Recovery
Six months ago, an earthquake unleashed massive destruction in Haiti, killing nearly 300,000 people and leaving more than one million people homeless. UMCOR is there, providing immediate assistance to survivors and laying the groundwork for a large-scale, long-term recovery effort.
Haiti : A Call for Help
UMCOR is working with partners, Action by Churches Together, Church World Service, Global Medic and the Methodist Church to respond effectively to the people of Haiti after a devastating earthquake shook the nation’s capital, Port-au-Prince on Jan. 12.
UMCOR Armenia
An estimated 2.5 million people around the world are in forced labor that includes commercial sexual exploitation. The majority of trafficked survivors are between 18 and 24 years of age, and an estimated 1.2 million are children. UMCOR Armenia's Anti-Human Trafficking Project is protecting trafficked survivors by providing refuge through shelter services.
World Malaria Day
UMCOR Health is providing grants from the United Methodist Malaria Control Program to educate and empower at-risk communities with information that will protect them against malaria.
World Fair Trade Day 2010:
Helping Farmers with Your Purchases
When you purchase fair trade products like coffee, tea or cocoa through the UMCOR Coffee Project and its partner Equal Exchange, you are part of a partnership that supports justice based economies.
Tennessee Floods
Within two days, more than 15 inches of rain fell upon Tennessee, causing widespread flooding. During the most turbulent storms, UMCOR is there to walk with disaster survivors, help communities rebuild, and stay until the job is done.