The UMCOR Hotline
November 13, 2007
In Today's Hotline:
UMCOR remains in contact with partners in the Dominican Republic and Mexico to assist them in the initial phase of recovery from damage caused by Hurricane Noel. UMCOR has issued emergency grants and long-term recovery plans are underway with Action by Churches Together partners—as they further assess the situation.
In the Dominican Republic, UMCOR is working with the Evangelical Dominican Church to provide the people with food, medication and other needed items. UMCOR is also supporting the Methodist Church in Mexico with a similar emergency response.
UMCOR is working with Action by Churches Together partners to address Zimbabwe’s critical food shortage. For the next five months, this program will assist the people with food and agricultural production support.
Several vulnerable households that include children, pregnant mothers and people living with HIV/AIDS will benefit from this effort. The introduction of new farming methods will aid current farming activities to revive crops in a sustainable manner and help the people become more self-sufficient.
Training on garden management, establishing nutritious gardens as well as the distribution of small livestock for income generation is another way UMCOR is helping. Help alleviate the burden of those affected by giving to All Africa Drought/Famine, UMCOR Advance # 101250.
UMCOR is helping Action by Churches Together partners bring relief and rehabilitation support to thousands of people affected by Hurricane Felix, which struck Nicaragua on Sept. 4.
About 2,150 families are receiving food, hygiene kits, domestic utensils and communal kits for debris removal through this effort. Approximately 320 families are receiving shelter materials and psycho-social assistance will be available for 17 communities. This program will include prevention and preparation for future disasters.
Hurricane Felix affected over 162,000 people. In many communities, water wells are contaminated, health centers and community houses have been destroyed or damaged, and much of the agricultural land is still flooded.
In observance of the upcoming World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, UMCOR brings you another story of hope made possible by United Methodist gifts to the AIDS Orphan Trust fund. Read the third of four stories concerning the benefits of vocational training for students orphaned by HIV/AIDS—and the promise of a securing a brighter future.
Visit our World AIDS Day page now to learn more and utilize the many resources UMCOR is making available to help bring awareness to your community.
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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