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The UMCOR Hotline

December 11, 2007

In Today's Hotline:

Red Arrow-giftUS: Flood Response

Red Arrow-giftThailand: Food and Medicine for Burma Refugees

Red Arrow-giftUS: Back to School After the Fires

Red Arrow-giftLiberia: A Simple Solution

US: FLOOD RESPONSE

UMCOR is assisting the Pacific Northwest and the Oregon/Idaho Annual Conferences with flood recovery efforts following severe back-to-back storms that pounded the Washington and Oregon areas on Dec. 1-3. Massive flooding, mudslides and hurricane-force winds battered the coastal areas causing destruction to homes, schools and roads.

UMCOR is helping the Oregon/Idaho Annual Conference as they provide shelter to several families left homeless due to severe flooding and wind damage to their homes.

Flooding shut down roadways including the major Interstate 5 that links Seattle and Portland. Several residents were stranded as rising flood waters inundated towns from overflowing river banks. Please help support recovery efforts by giving to Domestic Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance 901670. Online Giving

THAILAND: FOOD AND MEDICINE FOR BURMA REFUGEES

UMCOR is working with Church World Service to secure food for severely malnourished Burmese children as well as medicine for HIV-positive Burmese refugees living in Thailand. The continuing humanitarian crisis has, over several decades, provoked a range of increasingly life-threatening issues linked to escalating poverty, high infant deaths, and unemployment.

UMCOR will support CWS and its partner agencies to secure food packages with a one-month supply of food staples for the most vulnerable and most impoverished.

Medical care assistance will also be provided to HIV/AIDS patients and to children suffering from malaria and dengue hemorrhagic fever. Education on prevention and control will be promoted throughout the communities. Burmese refugees are entirely dependent on outside support for their food. Camp residents usually share their food with the new camp arrivals until they receive assistance on their own. Please help by giving to International Disaster Response, Advance #982450. Online Giving

US: BACK TO SCHOOL AFTER THE FIRES

When the California wildfires consumed large portions of Southern California in October, she was a nurse and a retired pastor’s wife, working on her master’s degree. She wanted to teach nursing—something critically needed in nursing schools.

She, her husband, and their son fled their home in the middle of the night with a minute’s notice, grabbing a few pictures from the walls and their two dogs, on the way out. They lost everything except those pictures, the dogs, and their two cars. Your generosity has helped her replace her books so she can continue her studies this fall.

UMCOR wants to thank United Methodists and others who gave generously toward the California Wildfires recovery. While the fires interrupted many lives and destroyed several homes and communities—hope emerged out of the ashes. Your gifts offer that hope.

Please continue to help us in the long-term recovery process by giving to Domestic Disaster Response—California Wildfires, Advance #901670. Online Giving

LIBERIA: A SIMPLE SOLUTION

Kou Boozeh and her three year old daughter Neomi of Ganta, Liberia, used to frequently fall ill with malaria. During her pregnancy with Neomi, Boozeh would often be weak or feverish placing additional strain on her pregnancy. Today, Boozeh is healthy and malaria-free— all because her family now sleeps under a life saving mosquito net.

Boozeh was one of the 2,500 recipients of mosquito nets distributed by UMCOR to both children and pregnant women in 20 villages this past year. The distribution of mosquito nets reduced malaria outbreaks where Boozeh was treated. The nets distribution was part of UMCOR’s Community-Based Malaria Program, which treats malaria at the community level by providing education, nets, medication and other services.

Malaria affects 500 million people worldwide; ninety percent live in sub-Sahara Africa — killing one fifth of the children under the age of five. Please support the Community-Based Malaria Program UMCOR Advance 982009. Online Giving

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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