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  • August 19, 2008

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*GEORGIA: Delivering Supplies and Food

*KENYA: Rebuilding Hope

*ARMENIA: A Safe Place

*EVENT: Hunger Action Month is September

*RESOURCES: Surviving the Food Crisis-New Report to Donors


UMCOR Georgia delivered $190,600 in medicines and medical supplies to hospitals throughout Georgia, as well as emergency food supplies to those affected by the recent conflict.

The delivery of antibiotics, syringes, sterile gloves and other items were part of two US Government-sponsored airlifts for humanitarian assistance that arrived in Georgia on Aug. 13 and 14. UMCOR is coordinating the distribution of the medical supplies. On Aug. 16 and 17 UMCOR Georgia staff also distributed emergency food kits to 1,474 internally displaced persons in Tbilisi.

UMCOR Georgia provides agricultural, reconstruction and medical assistance to some of Georgia’s most vulnerable people. You can be part of the work and the humanitarian response to the conflict by giving to Georgia Emergency, UMCOR Advance #250305. Click the button to give now online


Theresa Nduko, 44 was selling produce in the market when the outbreak of violence struck her town in Nairobi, Kenya following the contested December 2007 elections. Her son was badly beaten and Nduko sought shelter at Star of Hope Academy school grounds in Mathare. While they still have not been able to return home, a recent donation helped Nduko rebuild her vegetable stand outside the school grounds.

UMCOR is bringing hope to thousands of internally displaced people in Kenya. Working with the Methodist Church in Kenya and US Agency for International Development, UMCOR distributes much-need medical supplies, blankets, dry food goods, school supplies, and more.

Your gifts help restore hope that was lost during the 2007 turmoil. Please give generously to International Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #982450. Online Giving


Tigran*, an elderly man, was sold into slavery in Chechnya. He was eventually returned to Armenia without any documents, his house had been sold and he had no way to support himself. With no other options, Tigran turned to UMCOR for help.

UMCOR’s Anti-Trafficking Program provides medical, psychological, social and legal assistance to survivors of trafficking. Tigran obtained a new passport, received much-needed medical assistance and was accepted into a state-defined disability group so he could collect his retirement pension. He now lives in a state-run retirement home free of the fear of being forced into slavery again.

You can be part of UMCOR's life-changing work in Armenia by giving to Armenia Emergency, UMCOR Advance #250225. Online Giving


In the US, 35.5 million Americans live in food insecure households, according to America’s Second Harvest. Food pantries struggle to keep up with the need for emergency food.

UMCOR invites United Methodists to join America’s Second Harvest in its fight against domestic hunger. In September, through its Hunger Action Month campaign (formerly, National Hunger Awareness Day), America’s Second Harvest will host nationwide events including food drives, concerts, volunteer outreaches and advocacy work to help bring relief to hungry people in the US.

Please donate canned goods to your local food banks or collect a special offering. For more ways you can help, visit You can also give to World Hunger Poverty, UMCOR Advance #982920. Click the button to give now online


Yongor Kolubah of Caldwell Village, Liberia and her husband rarely managed to produce enough food on their farm to sell at the market or sustain their family.

After completing UMCOR’s 18-week Farmer Field School training, she immediately applied what she had learned. Her first cabbage harvest yielded enough produce and seeds to sell at the local market. She allowed several people to use her farm to grow food for themselves, sharing her newly-acquired knowledge with them.

Learn more about UMCOR’s Farmer Field School by downloading the latest New Report to Donors. You can also support this program with your gifts to Sustainable Agriculture & Development Program, UMCOR Advance #982188. Click the button to give now online

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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