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  • December 15, 2009

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*PHILIPPINES: UMCOR Expands Typhoon Response

*BOLIVIA: Fasting For the Gift of Water

*US: Sing Fair Trade Carols

*UMCOR: Gifts That Change Lives


UMCOR Philippines disaster response efforts are providing relief and rehabilitation support to un-reached and underserved communities hardest-hit by Typhoons Ketsana and Parma.

Through an appeal issued by UMCOR’s partner Action By Churches Together (ACT), UMCOR Philippines is working with Christian Aid, Lutheran World Relief, and National Council of Churches in the Philippines to coordinate responses and share information about assessments, materials and outputs. UMCOR is providing food relief, shelter materials, livelihood support, micro-credit assistance, and business development services to 9,000 survivors in Rizal, Laguna, Bulacan, Pampanga and Zambales provinces.

UMCOR Philippines is also working with local partners Harris Memorial College, Union Theological Seminary, Asuncion A. Perez Memorial Center, Inc., and Kaptiran-Kaunlaran Foundation, Inc. to provide comprehensive relief operations, reaching vulnerable communities in need of relief assistance. Please give generously to Philippines Emergency, UMCOR Advance #240235. Click the button to give now online


Bolivia is the second poorest nation in the western hemisphere. Most people live below two dollars a day and are without basic potable water, sanitation or irrigations systems.

UMCOR-supported Engineers in Action (EIA), a non-profit organization formed out of a partnership between the Oklahoma Annual Conference and Iglesia Evangelica Metodista en Bolivia (IEMB), is encouraging a fast to raise money to support the gift of water.

Sponsors are invited to participate in the We Fast So They Can Drink campaign by donating one dollar an hour or more, for 36 hours. The fundraiser began in early December, with donations benefiting EIA’s work, supporting water and sanitation projects for more than 10,000 people in remote villages throughout Bolivia.

For more information about Engineers in Action, please click here. You can also support global water and sanitation projects by giving to Water and Sanitation, UMCOR Advance #3020600. Online Giving


The General Board of Church & Society and Global Exchange encourage United Methodists to help end poverty this holiday season. A Fair Trade Holiday Caroling Toolkit includes opportunities to make a personal pledge to support fair trade. Buying fair trade products reduce child labor and increase fair wages for small-scale farmers.

Download the Fair Trade Holiday Caroling Toolkit now and make your pledge to buy fair trade products. Support UMCOR’s Coffee Project by making your purchases through Equal Exchange’s Interfaith Store. You may also give UMCOR-SA&D, UMCOR Advance #982188 which helps farmers learn new, sustainable farming methods and increases their livelihood. Online Giving


Mawazo lives in a rural village. During her seven years of marriage, she had four miscarriages due to malaria. An insecticide treated mosquito net, anti-malaria medication, and monitoring throughout her pregnancy would have helped her carry her children to term.

A gift of $50 through UMCOR’s Gift Catalog provide treatment for about 25 pregnant women, like Mawazo,

Consider making gifts in honor of friends and family this Christmas. UMCOR's 2009 Christmas Wish List has great gift ideas for those looking to give alternatively this Christmas season.

Visit UMCOR’s Gift Catalog now and give to UMCOR Undesignated, UMCOR Advance #999895, which helps UMCOR meet 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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