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  • March 18, 2008

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

Red Arrow-giftUS: Wildfires Recovery

Red Arrow-giftDRC: Supporting Girls Education

Red Arrow-giftUS: Mississippi Tornado Recovery

Red Arrow-giftMOZAMBIQUE: Malaria-Preventing Nets


UMCOR is helping the California-Pacific Annual Conference bring relief to families affected by the 2007 wildfires disaster. The wildfires consumed thousands of acres of land as well as the livelihoods of many throughout San Diego County.

UMCOR will assist over 100 families in Ramona and Fallbrook, Calif. who are still seeking assistance and need case management support. The wildfire recovery will be a combined effort between the United Methodist, Episcopal and Lutheran churches in San Diego. Recovery coordinators and case managers will be assigned the tasks to help those most in need.

In the months following this disaster, UMCOR worked with California-Pacific’s San Diego District and Metro United Methodist Urban Ministries of San Diego, that have now formed a collaborative working relationship with the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego to provide a united recovery effort—utilizing a network of Episcopal and United Methodist congregations. Please help by giving to UMCOR Advance #901670, Domestic Disaster Response, California Wildfires. Online Giving


Growing up without a parent, living in a single-headed household, displaced by war, physical disabilities and poverty are all factors preventing young girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo from receiving a good education. But through UMCOR’s Girls' Scholarship Program, more than 2,000 girls have a chance for a brighter future.

UMCOR is providing tuition, school fees, uniforms, school supplies and materials to help them achieve the best education possible. A mentor will be assigned to the girls to ensure that they stay focused and engaged in school activities. One-on-one counseling will also help them deal with basic health and hygiene-related issues, including malaria and HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.

You can support programs like these and help give young girls in DRC hope and a brighter future by giving to UMCOR Advance #198400, Democratic Republic of Congo Emergency. Online Giving


UMCOR is helping the Mississippi Annual Conference bring relief to several families affected by a tornado that tore through Caledonia, Miss. on Jan. 10.

UMCOR is helping approximately 30-40 families with their long-term recovery. The Mississippi Conference is in contact with local churches that are developing resources and working with the recovery committee to meet ongoing needs.

The tornado caused extensive damage throughout the community destroying close to 40 homes. Included in the damage were the local high school and the United Methodist Church and parsonage. Please help by giving to Domestic Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670. Online Giving


Edu, 24, lives with his aunt and uncle, five cousins and younger sister in the town of Chicuque in Mozambique. Getting his family to use treated mosquito nets to prevent malaria was difficult because of the extreme heat. Edu has not experienced malaria since receiving a net and today it has convinced his entire family to also sleep under a life-saving net.

Malaria kills nearly one in five children in Africa. You can help prevent malaria in Mozambique by supporting programs like these which help to create awareness about malaria and distributes treated nets for prevention. Please give generously to Community-Based Malaria Control, 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 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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