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The UMCOR Hotline

May 2, 2006

In Today's Hotline:

redarrowIndonesia: New Homes, New Hope
redarrowSudan: Continuing the Work
redarrowNicaragua: Cleaner Villages
redarrowAfghanistan: Warmth, Health, and Life

INDONESIA: NEW HOMES, NEW HOPE

"I am very happy to be in an UMCOR house!" Zulfiki told a recent visitor, "It's much better than the house I had before." Zulfiki and his family are living in one of 420 homes UMCOR Indonesia is building in five villages of Bireuen District, Aceh Province.

UMCOR Indonesia is not only providing a home for Zulfiki and his family, it is also giving them a way to have a better life. Before the tsunami, Zulfiki was a fisherman. He lost all his fishing equipment and now is planning to open a small store. His business plans were helped by UMCOR's livelihoods training that he attended. He learned more about how to start and maintain a business in the 16-hour workshop. Now he has submitted a business plan to UMCOR to request assistance in starting that small store.

Thank you for your generous gifts to the South Asia Emergency which makes this important work possible.

SUDAN: CONTINUING THE WORK

UMCOR workers in Sudan are providing humanitarian assistance in South Darfur. The UMCOR board of directors recently approved funds to extend the work into a second year. This work includes child protection, camp management, micro-credit, health, skills training for young adults, and agriculture programs.

Last fall the result of seeds and tools program was an abundant harvest. Peanuts, millet, sorghum, watermelon, and okra were harvested. Good rainfall, new agriculture techniques such as planting several crops together in the same plot, and adequate food to eat during the growing season have yielded this bountiful harvest in the Al Daein region of South Darfur, Sudan. This sustainable ministry continues with your generous donations. Please give to Sudan Emergency, UMCOR Advance #184385.

NICARAGUA: CLEANER VILLAGES

Clean water and sanitation facilities are the building blocks of public health. El Porvenir is an organization in Nicaragua that works to meet these basic needs by enabling poor communities to improve their health and preserve their watersheds through sustainable self-help development.

Seven rural communities now have wells where clean water was lacking and latrines where sanitation facilities were non-existent. El Porvenir ensures community ownership for their new wells and latrines for these programs by requiring that 100% of the labor be provided by community members. The program is also forward-thinking by planting trees in areas where wells are dug to give back to the environment and help maintain the water table. UMCOR supports the important work of this organization through advance giving. You can help provide a healthier living environment for children and families in rural Nicaragua by giving to UMCOR Advance #252000, clean water and sanitation, Nicaragua.

AFGHANISTAN: WARMTH, HEALTH, AND LIFE

This winter UMCOR Afghanistan helped some 2,000 returning refugee families who are in temporary living conditions on the Pakistan border. "These packages provided by UMCOR saved our lives," said Tahsil, a 70 year-old man who is caring for his seven grandchildren after his son was killed by a mine.

UMCOR gave priority to families headed by widows, people with disabilities, and large families. Many recipients acknowledged UMCOR as the first organization to offer them any kind of assistance. UMCOR Sager Brown provided the non-food supplies and the US Department of State provided the funding to carry out this life-saving program.

Support UMCOR's life giving work in Afghanistan by giving to UMCOR Advance #602225, Afghanistan Emergency.

UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit umcor.org. You can donate to any project by placing a contribution in the offering plate at a local United Methodist church; by sending a check to UMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087-9068; or by calling 1-800-554-8583, where credit card donations are accepted. UMCOR is exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States and qualifies for the maximum charitable contribution deduction by donors.

And, please pray for those who are hungry, displaced, sick or in poverty because of these and other natural and human-made disasters, and for the workers who minister to them.

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