The UMCOR Hotline
October 10, 2006
In Today's Hotline:
UMCOR is helping more children in South Sudan have the opportunity to go to school. Of the 1.6 million school-aged children currently in Sudan, only 20 percent attend school. Of those, 7 percent are girls. UMCOR Sudan is working in Moroba and Yei counties to increase awareness for the need for education, establish Parent Teacher Associations, provide teachers with further training, and give schools basic materials that they currently lack, like books and paper. Many of these materials will come from the UMCOR Sager Brown Depot, the United Methodist relief supply center.
Decades of conflict have uprooted families as they sought safety. Many struggle from day-to-day because of lack of resources and income to provide their children. Diakonia, an organization that has been serving the people of Iraq since 1992, is opening a children's center in the town of Duhok to meet the needs of children in outlying areas.
A team from the center will visit 10 surrounding villages to involve the children in learning through music and art, as 75% of these children cannot read or write. The goal is to reach 50,000 children and their families to encourage them to seek an education. The center itself will offer educational and vocational classes for children, provide psychosocial education for all ages and medical care for refugees.
Learning new job skills not only opens doors for employment and improved income, it also fosters self-esteem. UMCOR Azerbaijan is working to help people who are displaced, refugees, seeking asylum, in jail and disabled to learn new skills to help them become more independent and forge a new and better future for themselves. Learning skills such as hairdressing, cooking, baking, sewing and handicrafts help women earn an income to support themselves and their families.
Kambole Kyansa is thankful to be in school in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo this year. Last year she couldn't go because her mother could not afford the school fees. She is one of eight children and after her father was killed in the war, her mother's business selling tomatoes simply was not enough to provide for the family. Through UMCOR's Girl's Scholarship Program Kambole was able to return to school this year. 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. You can help send girls to school and secure their future by giving to UMCOR Advance #198400, Democratic Republic of Congo 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. 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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