The UMCOR Hotline
August 01, 2006
In Today's Hotline:
UMCOR partners in Lebanon continue to distribute emergency food and supplies to people affected by the ongoing violence in the region. "Safe passage for aid convoys remains a major problem," reported Guirgis Saleh, General Secretary of the Middle East Council of Churches to ACT International. "Similarly, fuel availability, rising prices and clean water in south Lebanon, are of growing concern to each and every one."
Your prayers for this troubled region and your financial gifts are needed to bring relief to Lebanon and other areas affected by the violence. Donations to UMCOR Advance #601740, Middle East Emergency, support UMCOR's response.
Marijo Kalumba is never late to her second-grade classes at Nononga School in Democratic Republic of Congo. Going to school was once something that was out of reach. Marijo is orphaned and lives with her aunt. Without UMCOR's assistance she would not be able to go to school. She is one of 2,500 girls in five villages and towns in the southern highlands of Congo who qualify for assistance in a girl's education program.
UMCOR also has a mentor program through which the girls are encouraged in their studies and plans for the future. The success of the program is evident in the numbers; 91 percent of the girls successfully passed their examinations to the next class.
Some 248 poor rural families-more than half of them headed by women-are improving their basic survival conditions by working together.
They are among the many families in parts of southwest Colombia who live in extreme poverty despite their region's resources. To keep their families intact, women are working together to improve their living conditions. UMCOR and Church World Service are partnering to support three groups in implementing a three-year Food Production and Income Generation Project for Poor Rural Families. Through this program 46 families have already improved their income and 100 children, aged 6-12, who worked in local mines to help support their families are now back in school.
The Khor Omer Life Skills Center in Darfur, Sudan, helps young girls and children displaced by the ongoing violence in the region to continue their education. The center, established through donations from the Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church in Ohio, provides kindergarten for young children and skills training for older girls.
UMCOR also supplied the children at the Life Skills Center with school supplies through donations from UNICEF and the UMCOR Sager Brown relief supply depot. Your gifts to UMCOR Advance #184385, Sudan Emergency, support this center and many other programs that bring relief and hope to people in southern Sudan.
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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