The UMCOR HotlineMay 23, 2006
In Today's Hotline:
Three hundred mosquito nets provided through UMCOR's Community Based Malaria Control Program were recently distributed in rural Cameroon through a ministry of the United Methodist Church of Cameroon. The HIV/AIDS and Malaria Team consists of five people who travel to rural areas teaching people about HIV/AIDS and malaria. They give important information about preventing the spread of these diseases and how to treat them. The workshops conclude with handing out treated mosquito nets to pregnant women and mothers of young children-the ones most vulnerable to malaria.
Hurricane Stan is tore through Central America October 2005, triggering mudslides, destroying homes, crops, and livestock, and displacing thousands of people. UMCOR has not forgotten their plight. UMCOR is working with partners in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, to bring long term relief and recovery to the mostly-indigenous and subsistence farmers most affected by Hurricane Stan. UMCOR is supporting the work of the Methodist Church in Guatemala that is helping a people from a village that was totally destroyed in a landslide rebuild their homes and farms. Other partners, like Rights Action, are helping coffee cooperatives restart their small businesses and farms after the rains and landslides wiped out their crops.
The clean-up continues in New England after record breaking rains caused flooding throughout the region in recent weeks. Many homes that were inundated with water are now being mucked out with the help of a fresh shipment of flood buckets. UMCOR has sent an emergency grant to the New England Annual Conference to help with the initial recovery and continues to provide assistance as needed.
Buley Dure and her husband, Hassan Dayow, were born in Somalia, where they and other Bantu people were denied basic rights and were terrorized by militia groups. In 1991, they fled with their daughter to a refugee camp in Kenya, where food rations and firewood were meager. There, three more daughters were born. Now, the family lives in peace and safety in South Carolina.
Take time on or near June 20, World Refugee Day, to learn more about the plight of refugees and how you can help. Use UMCOR's latest church bulletin insert to help you. You can also give to UMCOR's refugee program to show your support, UMCOR Advance #3901779, New Hope for Newcomers.
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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