The UMCOR Hotline
In Today's Hotline:
ZIMBABWE: Supplies of Hope
KENYA: Event Brings AIDS Awareness
US: 100-Ton Challenge Update
CENTRAL AMERICA: Preparing for the Storm
UMCOR: Receive an UMCOR News Feed
ZIMBABWE: SUPPLIES OF HOPE
In the midst of cholera outbreaks, Zimbabwe continues to experience a growing economic crisis, famine and drought. UMCOR Health is bringing supplies of hope to the ailing Zimbabwe nation through the distribution of food, medicines, medical supplies and school kits.
UMCOR, through ZOE Ministry (Zimbabwe Orphans Endeavor) is providing meals for 16,500 students, pastors, hospital staff, orphans and others throughout 12 United Methodist Church districts in Zimbabwe for three months. 35 Medicine Boxes which contain essential drugs and medical supplies are en route to Nyadire, Mutambara and Old Mutare United Methodist hospitals in Zimbabwe, as well as other home based care centers. Each Medicine Box is sufficient to provide a community of about 1,000 people with basic medicines and supplies for three months.
UMCOR is delivering more than 14,000 Sager Brown school kits to children in United Methodist schools throughout Zimbabwe to support their educational needs. UMCOR is also working to implement other efforts to bring relief to Zimbabwe in the coming months. To support this effort, please give to Zimbabwe Emergency, UMCOR Advance #199456.
KENYA: EVENT BRINGS AIDS AWARENESS
In poverty-stricken parts of Kenya, hundreds of vulnerable children struggle to take care of themselves when they lose their parents to HIV/AIDS, drug abuse or neglect. The United Methodist Global AIDS Fund supported a World AIDS Day event to help bring awareness to this growing problem.
On Dec.1, Riruta United Methodist Church in Kenya, which has a program that cares for children orphaned because of AIDS, partnered with non-governmental organizations, Arise Child Development Organization and Riruta United Women Empowerment Programme. They marked World AIDS Day by addressing child rights, child protection and HIV/AIDS issues affecting their community. One discussion focused on the critical need for nursing, counseling and spiritual support for children when their parents die of HIV/AIDS. Orphans and other vulnerable children presented their stories, poetry, drama and songs about HIV/AIDS.
Support events like these, give to United Methodist Global AIDS Fund, UMCOR Advance #982345.
US: 100-TON CHALLENGE UPDATE
United Methodists are steadily rising to meet UMCOR’s 100-Ton Challenge which began World Fair Trade Day, May 10. As of November, more than 38 tons of fair trade coffee, tea, cocoa, chocolate and snacks have been purchased through the UMCOR Coffee Project and its partner Equal Exchange. Help UMCOR meet its 100 ton goal by May, 2009.
Consider giving fair trade gifts for the holidays. Tell others about the challenge and increase their awareness about fair trade. By participating in the challenge, you are helping farmers earn fair prices for their crops and support their families, care for the environment and build their communities.
Learn more about the Challenge here and visit Equal Exchange’s Interfaith web store to make your purchases. You can also give to World Hunger/Poverty, UMCOR Advance # 982920.
CENTRAL AMERICA: PREPARING FOR THE STORM
In Central America, poor, rural communities are most affected by the destruction left by earthquakes, floods, or hurricanes. Preparing before a disaster strikes is one way to help vulnerable communities stand after a storm.
UMCOR is supporting Rights Action, a community development, environmental and human rights organization, to strengthen its emergency response capacity for Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Chiapas, Mexico that are subject to frequent natural disasters.
Disaster preparation includes community workshops to develop emergency response plans for vulnerable communities. Additionally, the program will help communities develop strategies to protect and sustain the environment through local disaster plan response. You can support this work by giving to Central America Emergency, UMCOR Advance #501300.
UMCOR: RECEIVE UMCOR HOMEPAGE NEWS FEED
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Visit www.umcor.org and look for the RSS Feed symbol, or click here now to subscribe for free. When you subscribe, updated information from the feed is automatically downloaded to your computer and can be viewed in Internet Explorer and other programs. New content is automatically downloaded so you can see what is new since you last visited the feed.
Subscribe today and stay UMCOR-informed.
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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