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  • March 24, 2009

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*US: Dakota Flood Preparation

*LIBERIA: Saving Lives

*INDONESIA: Water and Sanitation Education

*DRC: Leaders Learn about Health

*UMCOR: Thank You for Giving!


Flood preparations are underway in Fargo, North Dakota as major spring flooding is expected in Red River Valley from snow melt and a strong storm system forecast in the next few days. Record flooding is possible at many locations on the Red River of the north and its tributaries with major flooding expected for most of the Red River Basin and Devils Lake Basin.

UMCOR is in contact with the Dakotas Annual Conference and Debra Ball-Kilbourn, superintendent of Three Rivers District, who says they are in a holding pattern at this time, but are busy assembling cleaning buckets for the anticipated floods. UMCOR is standing by to assist the conference in flood preparation and recovery.

The flood stage is 19 feet, but forecasters are reporting the river could rise as high as 40 feet above flood level over the next week. You can help North Dakota prepare for the floods by giving to Domestic Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670. Online Giving or provide cleaning bucket contents by clicking here.


Angeline Willicor boldly speaks about HIV/AIDS, a topic still taboo in her Ganta, Liberia community. She has earned a solid reputation as an AIDS educator and is saving the lives of many women who are HIV positive.

As the head of the HIV/AIDS counseling team at the UMCOR-supported Ganta United Methodist Hospital, Willicor works passionately to help the women learn how to live with HIV/AIDS and deal with issues of stigma. Willicor gives women who feel alone and are depressed the encouragement they need to keep on living.

You can support UMCOR's work in Ganta Hospital and counseling programs like these by sending your gifts to Hospital Revitalization, UMCOR Advance #982168. Online Giving


This week, in honor of World Water Day, creative hygiene trainings in Indonesia are modifying people’s attitudes and behaviors toward better hygiene practices.

Through UMCOR’s WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Project, teachers are learning how to better influence the hygiene behaviors of their students. Following the training, UMCOR will provide the teachers with lesson plans, informational banners and flyers to promote good sanitation. UMCOR will also support the trained-teachers by organizing clean-up campaigns in schools while reinforcing the need to preserve the nation’s rivers to mark the celebration.

Support practical hygiene training events like these by giving to Indonesia Emergency, UMCOR Advance #217400. Online Giving


In the Democratic Republic of Congo, pastors, church leaders and church groups are speaking up about HIV/AIDS and other health concerns, thanks to workshops conducted by the UMCOR-supported Mpasa Health Center.

As part of a new program supported by UMCOR Health to fight against HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and malnutrition, the workshops educate church leadership about the impact of these fatal diseases and how to address the needs of their communities.

100 pregnant and nursing mothers attended malaria prevention training and each woman received a mosquito net and learned how to use them. To support projects like these that encourage health education awareness, please give to the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund, UMCOR Advance #982345. Online Giving


Thank you United Methodists everywhere for participating in Sunday’s One Great Hour of Sharing offering. The proceeds from this special Sunday offering directly benefit UMCOR.

Gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing allow UMCOR to guarantee that 100 percent of your gifts for specific projects are allocated for relief and recovery efforts. Designated gifts provide refuge in the form of construction materials to build homes or schools, access to health care, and seeds and agricultural training to help build farming communities.

Year-around, your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing provide UMCOR with the funds it takes to administer these programs throughout the world.

Thank you for 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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