The UMCOR Hotline
October 02, 2007
In Today's Hotline:
UMCOR continues to help the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference with the long-term recovery process of the 2006-2007 winter storms that struck the Western Washington area-specifically the Snohomish, Pierce and Lewis counties.
Assistance includes direct service, mental health and spiritual care, building materials, utility assistance, obtaining farm land, providing financial and business counseling, and more.
The record amounts of rainfall which hit the Western Washington area last winter left several homes damaged or destroyed by falling trees and left many people without power. Earlier this year, excessive rains flooded the same area again, leaving little time for relief.
UMCOR is assisting The Methodist Church of Southern Africa in the Highveld and Swaziland Drought Relief Program by providing food, medical care and water storage capabilities for approximately 27,000 students affected by the worsening drought.
Lack of rainfall and recent extreme dryness has caused brush fires—adding to the already severe condition. Many families are homeless and are in need of your help.
The program targets schools and provides meals, basic medical care as well as water drums to collect and store available water for community use. Satellite groups will also be established to distribute the food.
The drought has contributed to the country’s economic downward slope-drastically reducing the livelihood of these families who are unable to harvest crops and provide food for themselves. Please help by giving to All Africa Drought/Famine, UMCOR Advance #101250.
When Marthalyne Saye became ill with malaria, she went to the Ganta United Methodist Hospital Primary Health Care Unit in Liberia for help. In fact, fifty percent of outpatients who come to Ganta have the same complaint. A mosquito net was the answer to her problem.
Since receiving her first mosquito net six months ago Marthalyne has not fallen ill with malaria. She says, “Anytime, I am going for visit to another village, I take my net along.” Today, Marthlyne is happier and healthier and she is a sign of hope for others affected by this widespread disease.
Malaria, caused by a parasite that lives inside the anopheles mosquito, affects 500 million people worldwide. Its symptoms include fever and chills in mild cases, and kidney failure, bleeding or swelling of the brain in severe cases. The use of insecticide-treated mosquito nets reduce malaria outbreaks significantly and prove that malaria is preventable and curable.
UMCOR’s 2008 Calendar, Hands of Hope, is now available. The calendar’s rich photo journey and compelling stories show the power of hope. UMCOR produces its annual calendar to share its message of hope with those who brought about extraordinary changes to lives everywhere—committed United Methodists and others who give to our work and ministry in 81 countries.
Order your calendar today! www.umcorcalendar.org.
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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