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  • November 24, 2009

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*PHILIPPINES: Relief Work Continues

*SRI LANKA: Training Teachers and Youth About HIV/AIDS

*US: Helping Survivors of Torture

*RESOURCES: World AIDS Day, Dec 1.

*WORLDWIDE: Shop UMCOR’s Gift Catalog


Philippines continues to comb through remote areas to provide relief supplies to those in need following the devastating Typhoon Ketsana and Parma, which struck the country in September and October.

It took UMCOR Philippines staff and volunteers six hours on a boat to travel to one affected area to assess damages. In one area, on the coastal area of Talim Island, most of the homes and structures were completely destroyed. Three United Methodist churches were damaged and two of the churches remain under water. UMCOR Philippines is working with district leadership to respond to the needs of the church and affected communities.

In addition, about 1,500 food items have been purchased and repackaged by local churches and volunteers assisting UMCOR Philippines. Trained by UMCOR and student council members of the Angono Rizal System University, volunteers prepare water purifiers daily to include in the distribution to displaced families, as health and sanitation is a major concern.

Support the ongoing relief efforts in the Philippines with your gifts to Philippines Emergency, UMCOR Advance #240235. Click the button to give now online


In Sri Lanka, discussions of sexuality and HIV are considered taboo, and accessing accurate information about the disease is limited. The United Methodist Global AIDS Fund is supporting HIV/AIDS training for teachers and students through Church World Service and its partner Young Men’s Christian Association.

Ten HIV/AIDS training workshops at St. Sebastian College in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka for more than 50 teachers throughout Kalmunai, Trincomalee, Negombo, Kandy and Ampara regions informed at-risk communities about the HIV virus and other sexually transmitted diseases. Nearly 1,000 students, including youth from Moratuwa and Point Pedro schools participated in HIV awareness workshops, and now speak more openly about HIV/AIDS, and share the information with others.

Support projects like these by giving to UM Global AIDS Fund, UMCOR Advance # 982345.Online Giving


It is estimated that between five percent and 35 percent of all refugees are survivors of torture.

UMCOR’s Refugee Ministry is supporting Vermont Immigration and Asylum Advocates (VIAA), a small Vermont-based non-profit resettlement organization, in meeting the needs of those who experienced torture. VIAA’s latest initiative, “Torture Survivors Program,” is providing counseling, psychological and medical support services, as survivors go through the asylum application process and heal from trauma.

VIAA, in collaboration with the National Partnership for Community Training held a three-day conference in September designed to launch the New England Survivors of Torture and Trauma Program (NESTT). The training, titled “Building NESTT” was attended by approximately 160 people committed to the cause of meeting the needs of torture survivors.

Read the full story in UMCOR’s Refugee Ministry Newsletter and support this work with your gifts to New Hope for Newcomers, UMCOR Advance #901779. Online Giving


Hope for an AIDS-Free World” a photo slide show which highlights United Methodist Global AIDS Fund projects around the world, is now available for download through the “Working Toward and AIDS-Free World Educational Kit,” a new resource designed to inform and equip congregations and communities about HIV/AIDS.

This three-minute media tool shows how United Methodists are working around the world to promote HIV education, prevention, care, and treatment. You are encouraged to share this presentation with your local congregation.

Additional HIV/AIDS materials including a church bulletin, Power Point slide, poster, brochure, articles, and more are available for you as you prepare to observe World AIDS Day on or around Dec. 1.

Visit UMCOR's World AIDS Day 2009 page now for more resources.


Why not use UMCOR’s Gift Catalog this year for alternative gift suggestions for those who “have everything?” Dare to give differently this year and help bring hope and healing to those most vulnerable.

The catalog highlights some of UMCOR’s core programs around the world through each of its six program areas—Emergency Response, UMCOR Health, Immigration and Refugees, UMCOR Sager Brown, World Hunger/Poverty and UMCOR Field Offices. Each dollar amount represents the cost of needs that can be met with your gift and 100 percent of your contribution will support the designated program.

View the Gift Catalog now or download the 2009 Christmas Wish List to make your selections. Give a gift that changes the world and give to UMCOR Undesignated, Advance #999895. to help meet the most urgent needs around the world. 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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