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  • December 16, 2008

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*ZIMBABWE: Relief on the Way

*ARMENIA: Anti-Trafficking Grant

*DRC: Bringing Relief to DRC

*US: Giving Fair Trade for the Holidays

*UMCOR: Give Through the UMCOR Gift Catalog


UMCOR is responding to the crisis in Zimbabwe by providing resources for clean water, food and medical attention. Working with ZOE Ministry, a North Carolina Annual Conference program, 100 metric tons of grain through will make its way to 12 United Methodist districts in Zimbabwe – reaching more than 1,200 households and 11,000 primary school students starting this week.

In addition, UMCOR is addressing the cholera outbreaks in Zimbabwe by supplying Nyadire and Mutambara United Methodist hospitals with cholera kits to treat 2,600 people. UMCOR will provide food, supplies, and fuel for hospital generators and is supporting staff salaries that have been affected due to the country's economic collapse.

UMCOR is also working with the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference to restore water services and equipment for Nyadire Hospital and surrounding areas to improve the health and quality of life for approximately 500,000 people. Help strengthen UMCOR’s work in Zimbabwe by giving to Zimbabwe Emergency, UMCOR Advance #199456. Click the button to give now online


New hope has arrived for people who are forced into human trafficking in Armenia. A $90,000 grant was awarded to UMCOR’s non-governmental organization (UMCOR-NGO) to help strengthen their response to trafficking throughout Armenia. The funds will help train law enforcement officials in protecting and detecting trafficked individuals, as well as help treat them in compliance with international standards.

The grant was issued by the State Department’s Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs and was recently presented to the head of UMCOR-NGO's Armenia office, Gohar Grigorian.

UMCOR Armenia’s Anti-Human Trafficking Program assists trafficked survivors by helping them reintegrate into society. The program also provides medical services, psychosocial support, vocational training and legal counseling. Contribute to this project by giving to Counter Trafficking Outreach, Awareness and Alternatives, UMCOR Advance #333615.Online Giving


As fighting in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo continues to worsen, UMCOR is working with Action by Churches Together (ACT) to provide humanitarian assistance to over 58,700 people in North and South Kivu. An estimated 250,000 people have been displaced since fighting intensified in August and well over one million people are displaced in the North Kivu region.

UMCOR is bringing relief to those most vulnerable and as a partner member of ACT is improving water and sanitation facilities, distributing seeds and tools, providing nutrition for malnourished children, and giving more than 2,000 families basic materials. Psychosocial support will be provided for over 9,000 displaced people experiencing trauma by the ongoing conflict in Goma, Rutshuru and Nyanzale regions.

Support the work in DRC and help UMCOR reach those left vulnerable by the intense fighting. Give to DRC Emergency, UMCOR Advance #198400. Online Giving


United Methodists are being creative this year by giving the gift of fair trade. Denise Daub, a parishioner for Beach Lake United Methodist Church, Pa., is preparing decorative fair trade baskets as holiday gifts. Each basket is filled with fair trade products and literature from UMCOR’s partner Equal Exchange. Daub has baskets available for tea lovers, coffee lovers and chocolate lovers.

The General Board of Church and Society in partnership with Global Exchange, youth groups and churches, is sending out fair trade Christmas carolers to sing tunes like “My Favorite Fair-Traded Things,” inspiring their audiences to take fair trade action. The carols are sung to remind people that purchasing fair trade products ensures that farmers are paid fair prices and have access to health care and education.

Join in fair trade giving by participating in UMCOR’s 100-Ton Coffee Challenge. Visit Equal Exchange Interfaith Store now to make your purchases. You can also give to World Hunger/Poverty, UMCOR Advance # 982920. Online Giving


Every year, The Yeley family makes donations to UMCOR instead of exchanging gifts at their annual Christmas gathering. This year they purchased several school supply kits to help vulnerable children. Consider giving through the UMCOR Gift Catalog and exchange your gift for those in need.

Making a gift to an UMCOR project gives hope and encouragement and helps make a lasting change. Visit UMCOR’s Gift Catalog now to make your selection. One hundred percent of all gifts will go to the listed Advance project.

You may also give corporately this year. Download and share UMCOR’s Christmas Wish List church bulletin with your local congregation and collectively select a special gift to give this season.

UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit 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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