The UMCOR Hotline
November 07, 2006
In Today's Hotline:
UMCOR is working with the United Methodist Church in Yei, South Sudan, to provide lunches for school children. Families returning to the South after years of war are working to reestablish their lives from the ground up. The school nutrition program ensures that children who often walk long distances to go to school will receive a nutritious meal when they arrive. For many, this will be their only meal that day. You can help support this work and the fight to end hunger throughout the African continent by giving to All Africa Drought/Famine, UMCOR Advance #101250.
The Kuala Barracks in Aceh Province, Indonesia, that served as temporary housing for tsunami survivors, are being dismantled, thanks in large part to UMCOR. UMCOR worked with the local government to secure land and build homes for 65 families who became homeless when houses they were renting were swept away by the tsunami. Approximately 108 families lived in the crowded and dilapidated Kuala Barracks for nearly two years. For its former residents and the surrounding community, the dismantling of these barracks represents a giant step forward in recovery.
Read more about this important milestone in recovery in this related news release.
A series of summer storms caused significant flooding in the El Paso region of Texas as well as Juarez, Mexico. UMCOR is working with the Rio Grande Annual Conference to help the 4,000 people who suffered significant losses in the area make long term recoveries. In Juarez, the Rio Grande Conference and UMCOR are partnering with the Conferencia del Noroeste in Mexico to provide training and direct assistance.
World AIDS Day is Friday, December 1. Consider observing this important day for awareness on a Sunday near this date. You can help spread awareness about this disease affecting 40 million people and how United Methodists are responding. Check out the World AIDS Day 2006 web page and church resources to find out how you can share the news.
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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