The UMCOR Hotline
December 04, 2007
In Today's Hotline:
Indonesia: UMCOR Helps Build New Community Center
US: Missouri Tornado Recovery
Bangladesh: UMCOR Helps in Cyclone Sidr Recovery
Nicaragua: El Porvenir Helps to Save Lives
Resources: New Church Bulletin Insert
The city of Banda Aceh in Indonesia, on the island of Sumatra, is alive once again following the 2004 tsunami. A community center has been reconstructed with the help of generous donations received by UMCOR. The center, located in the village of Bandar Baru, will help 7,300 people with health and hygiene-related issues.
UMCOR health specialists will provide training to help primary school teachers learn about good health and hygiene practices to promote among the children. The community center also received support from the Housing and Infrastructure Reconstruction for Tsunami-Affected Communities Project.
Before the tsunami, Banda Aceh had two community buildings in operation. One was completely destroyed; the other was damaged by heavy rains. UMCOR’s long-term recovery efforts gave this community a hope-filled future for its children. Your gifts to International Disaster Response will help UMCOR to respond to needs such as these around the world. Please give to International Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance # 982450.
UMCOR continues to support The Missouri Annual Conference in recovery efforts for several communities that were affected by the April, 2006 tornado and severe thunderstorms that caused extensive flooding and other damage.
The town of Caruthersville, located in the southeastern part of Missouri, will be the focus of the immediate help. Caruthersville received the brunt of the twister — destroying about half of the town.
The Missouri Annual Conference also continues to work with families that were affected by the January 2007 ice storm and flooding that occurred during the summer months. Please continue to support such long-term recovery efforts by giving to Domestic Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670.
UMCOR is responding in cooperation with Action by Churches Together and Muslim Aid, a British-based relief agency, to help families affected by Cyclone Sidr obtain clean water, latrines and shelter.
UMCOR will help train local communities construct their own shelters and provide a water tank that will be sufficient for daily drinking and cooking needs. The threat of water bourne diseases is a concern and could result in outbreaks of cholera, diarrhea and malaria. UMCOR will assist the most affected—such as widows and orphans.
More than 2.7 million people in Bangladesh have been affected by the storm. Of those, 1.5 million have been displaced, and the loss of livestock is enormous. Thousands of homes and community infrastructures have been damaged or destroyed. Your help is needed. Please give to Bangladesh Emergency, UMCOR Advance #202400.
Most of Nicaragua’s rural communities lack access to clean drinking water or sanitary facilities. Drinking water is often obtained from uncovered wells or open water holes that are contaminated by animals or humans. Because of these conditions, 49.5 percent of children under the age of five are dying from diarrhea.
El Porvenir, supported by UMCOR, is an organization that is working to help save lives by making clean water accessible. Children are living longer, healthier lives through the use of simple technology and basic materials and the construction of hand-dug wells, spring enclosures, latrines, and washing facilities.
Read more about El Porvenir here and give the children of Nicaragua hope for a long and healthy life. Give to UMCOR Advance #525000, Clean Water and Sanitation, Nicaragua.
It takes a dedicated team to successfully sponsor a refugee family and help them settle into a new life. The tasks—from securing and furnishing a home, registering children in school, or helping family members find employment—cannot be accomplished without strategic planning. Read how The Christ United Methodist Church in Lincoln, Neb., and its Refugee Task Force members all pitched in to help settle a family of eight from Burma in less than two weeks time. To expand this type of ministry, give to New Hope for Newcomers, UMCOR Advance #901779.
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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