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The UMCOR Hotline

May 16, 2006

In Today's Hotline:

Red Arrow-giftUS: New England Flooding
Red Arrow-giftLiberia: The Next Generation
Red Arrow-giftUS: Tom Hazelwood Elected New President of NVOAD
Red Arrow-giftPakistan/Kashmir: Rebuilding Lives


Days of drenching rain have led to the worst flooding in decades in New England. Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine are particularly hard hit. The flooding in Peabody, Mass., is so bad that people are riding through the streets in canoes. Hundreds of New England residents have evacuated their communities and are waiting for the rains to stop and waters to recede.

UMCOR is in contact with the affected annual conferences and is prepared to offer emergency grants and additional forms of assistance.

You can help UMCOR's response by giving to UMCOR Advance #901670, Domestic Disaster Response.


UMCOR consultants are working directly with Liberia's Ministry of Education to provide support for educational reform in the country which will ensure that the next generation of Liberians will have a quality education. The consultants are working with the government to develop a standardized educational system for Liberia that includes teacher certification, curriculum development, and forming parent and teacher associations.

UMCOR Liberia is developing a multi-year proposal to help implement these changes for the future of Liberia. Your gifts to UMCOR Advance #150300, Liberia Emergency, support UMCOR's important work in this nation recovering from years of war.


Tom Hazelwood, UMCOR's director of domestic disaster response, was elected president of the National Voluntary Agencies Active in Disaster (NVOAD) last week. NOVAD is a national disaster umbrella organization with 41 voluntary and social service agencies in its membership. Mr. Hazelwood said that broadened communication, relationship building, and involvement of the membership's top leaders are his main goals in his new role.


UMCOR partner International Blue Crescent is helping survivors rebuild their lives after devastating earthquakes last fall and a harsh winter without permanent shelter. IBC is working with local organizations and communities to help them rebuild their villages with earthquake resistant housing. Community members will attend training on how to reconstruct earthquake-resistant homes. Widows and other vulnerable people will receive special care and assistance in reconstructing their homes. Committees made up of community members help determine how their village will be reconstructed to ensure the unique needs of each community are met.

You can help in this reconstruction process by giving to UMCOR Advance #232000, Pakistan Earthquake.

UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit 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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