UMCOR / News Room / Hotline News Update / Archives 2009
  • December 08, 2009

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*MEXICO: Hurricane Recovery

*SUDAN: Kit Distribution

*ARMENIA: A Clinic Restored

*KENYA: Window of Hope


In September, Hurricane Jimena devastated Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. The Category 4 storm caused severe flooding and landslides, uprooted trees, and destroyed homes.

UMCOR is partnering with Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA International), which provides sustainable community development and disaster relief in 125 countries. UMCOR is working with ADRA in providing food baskets and wood packages to help survivors rebuild their homes and lives.

In Guaymas and Empalme, Sonora, Mexico, food baskets were distributed to 720 survivors, including 180 vulnerable families who lost their jobs because of the storm. Thirty families who lost their homes and furnishings received wood materials for rebuilding.

Support this work by giving to International Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #982450. Click the button to give now online


UMCOR Sudan is supporting community-based education, and water and sanitation programs for Congolese refugees in the Yei and Aweil regions of southern Sudan through the distribution of relief supply kits to areas in need.

Sager Brown, UMCOR’s relief supply depot in Baldwin, La., will ship two containers of school kits and hygiene kits to benefit three schools in Yei, ten schools within Lasu Payam, and an additional five schools in other subdivisions of Yei County. The supplies are distributed through The Basic Service Provision for Congolese Refugees, a program funded by the US Bureau for Population, Refugees and Migration (BPRM). BPRM is providing integrated education, health, and water and sanitation programs to refugees living in Lasu refugee camp.

In Aweil, UMCOR Sager Brown will ship a container of school kits to 15,000 students in 10 primary schools through the Integrated Community-Based Education Initiative, funded by Basic Services Fund and the Department for International Development in Sudan.

Support projects like these by giving to Sudan Emergency, UMCOR Advance #184385, or help cover the cost of shipping these supplies by giving to Contain Your Joy, UMCOR Advance #982730. Click the button to give now online


For more than 20 years, Dr. Lusik Mnatsakanyan has been working as a physician for the UMCOR-supported Alashkert Ambulatory Clinic in Armavir Marz, Armenia. Originally from Yerven, Dr. Mnatsakanyan recalls the first time she saw the clinic, “I felt really terrified.” The conditions of the clinic’s rooms were in need of repair and lack of water, sewage and heating systems made it difficult for staff to maintain sanitary conditions while serving patients.

With UMCOR’s support the Alashkert Ambulatory Clinic went through major renovations. Today, about 2,084 residents of the Alashkert community, including 500 children, receive medical services in a pleasant, clean, comfortable environment.

UMCOR provides free medicine to children and adults who live with chronic diseases. “I cannot thank UMCOR enough,” said Dr. Mnatsakanyan.

Support projects like these in Armenia by giving to Armenia Emergency, UMCOR Advance #250225. Click the button to give now online


In developing countries, people who live with HIV/AIDS and take antiretroviral treatments cannot get well unless they also have nourishing food or nutrition supplements. The United Methodist Global AIDS Fund, through the Denge Community Outreach Program in Kenya distributes emergency food to people living with HIV/AIDS.

About 100 people living with HIV/AIDS are receiving food security support including assistance for farm and livestock management. In addition, more than 240 men, women, children orphaned by AIDS and elderly persons receive home-based care counseling support services, nursing care and community therapy sessions. Communities learn about HIV prevention, care and treatment, as well as how to cope with AIDS-related stigma issues.

Most rural communities in Kenya struggle for survival, amidst diseases like HIV/AIDS and extreme poverty. The food security program and group therapy sessions provided by the Denge Community Outreach Program empowers people living with HIV/AIDS to take care of themselves and live normal, productive lives.

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