The UMCOR Hotline
May 9, 2006
In Today's Hotline:
Heavy fighting has erupted in recent weeks in eastern Sri Lanka, violating the 2002 peace agreement between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers (LTTE). This has particularly affected Trincomalee, one of UMCOR's areas of operations. The fighting has caused a rapid increase of displaced people and civilian casualties. The 40,000 newly displaced people compound the already 800,000 Sri Lankans displaced by war and the tsunami. UMCOR is working with the Methodist Church of Sri Lanka to provide immediate relief to families affected by this outbreak of violence. The good reputation of the Methodist Church on both sides of the conflict allows UMCOR and Methodist Church personnel unusual freedom of movement during the conflict, placing them in a unique position to provide assistance.
UMCOR partner RELUFA breaks the hunger cycle by establishing community grain banks that help villages have sufficient food through the "lean season." RELUFA helps the community set up the grain bank and provides training so that community members know how to manage the bank throughout the different stages of the growing season. The community-managed grain banks ensure that grain resources stay in the community and that there is sufficient food long after the harvest.
By purchasing fairly traded products you are supporting practices that help farmers in Latin America, Africa and Asia earn a fairer share of income. And you'll be participating in an act that is good for recovery from chronic poverty. Simply put, fair trade enables small farmers to sell their crops for a fair price.
You can help in three ways! Celebrate this year's Fair Trade Day on May 13 or on a Sunday near that date using our new bulletin insert. Consider signing up for the UMCOR Coffee Project--a delicious way to serve people in need while enjoying an excellent cup of coffee, tea, cocoa, or chocolate. Give generously to UMCOR Advance #982920, World Hunger and Poverty. Your gifts enable UMCOR to continue its work on behalf of United Methodists for fair trade--good for recovery because it brings better roads, better health, and better lives.
The majority of the funds raised for UMCOR's efforts in hurricane recovery go to two kinds of direct service. The first directly assists families with needs when all other resources are exhausted such as mortgage or rent, medical costs, replacement clothing, child and elder care, building supplies, and utility bills.
The second kind of direct service to families covers the system of individual care they need to map out their own recovery plans-the family-by-family problem solving that is so good for long-term recovery.
Learn more about UMCOR's response in the latest Report to Donors.
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. You can also give online by clicking on any of the "Give Now" links. 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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