The UMCOR Hotline
In Today's Hotline:
HAITI: Earthquake Recovery
UMCOR: Generous Haiti Support
HAITI: EARTHQUAKE RECOVERY
Haiti Assessment Begin
UMCOR executives Melissa Crutchfield and Sharad Aggarwal crossed the border from Dominican Republic into Haiti late last week to begin an official assessment of damages in Port-au-Prince, including unreached and underserved communities in outlying areas.
UMCOR is working with the Methodist Church in Haiti to provide immediate relief and conduct ongoing relief and recovery operations that include food distribution, access to clean drinking water, medical assistance, and the rebuilding of homes and schools.
“We lost quite a few churches and schools that are important to the Methodist Church,” Rev. Gesner Paul, president of the Methodist Church of Haiti, told United Methodist News Service.
The Methodist Church also is continuing its search for missing church members who still may be trapped under the rubble. The quake killed as many as 200,000 people and left some 1.5 million homeless, according to news reports. Help UMCOR reach those most vulnerable with your gifts to Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance # 418325.
Clean Drinking Water
After two strong aftershocks struck Haiti last week, thousands of people sought refuge on the grounds of Adventist University. UMCOR’s partner, GlobalMedic, trained Haitian volunteer teams to operate a large-scale water purification unit, which now is providing clean water to more than 26,000 people at the university.
An additional four water purification units have been installed at Adventist Hospital and are supplying clean drinking water to 2,000 people per day, including patients, patients’ families, and hospital staff.
"Safe, clean water is central to all we do. It is one way to make sure people do not get sick," said Sharad Aggarwal, UMCOR executive.
A shipment of 4.75 million Aquatab water purification tablets, 95,040 PUR sachets and 66,000 oral rehydration sachets arrived from Dominican Republic to provide immediate relief to those living in shelters or isolated villages, where many have been displaced and are sleeping on the ground.
Healing the Injured
A doctor from GlobalMedic, an UMCOR partner, is performing general surgery at Adventist Hospital with assistance from two medical staff. More than 500 patients arrived at the 71-bed hospital seeking medical attention. Most were suffering from fractures and infections. According to GlobalMedic staff, there are not enough doctors and medics to keep up with the need, and medical supplies are running out fast.
Volunteers at Adventist Hospital helped to make the hospital grounds sanitary. The volunteers removed garbage and properly disposed of exposed needles. They also assisted doctors and medics in organizing hospital patients into priority-care categories, so that patients with severe injuries would receive treatment right away.
Methodist Disciple Podcast on Haiti
A new 30-minute podcast presented by Tom Pilkington, of Methodist Disciple, features UMCOR executives Melissa Crutchfield and Melissa Hinnen, who discuss UMCOR’s emergency response work in Port-au-Prince and abroad.
Listen now to learn more about UMCOR’s immediate and long-term recovery goals for providing the people of Haiti with hope via future opportunities for income generation, micro-finance, improved livelihood, and long-term rebuilding of affected communities.
UMCOR : GENEROUS HAITI SUPPORT
UMCOR is extremely grateful for the overwhelming support from donors everywhere, who in creative ways are assisting those most vulnerable in Haiti. Here is a small sampling of the many ways people are helping Haiti through UMCOR:
Parishioners Clair Lux and Gloria Capone of New Life Community UMC in Fairfield, CT., performed a miracle by organizing a Haiti benefit concert in just six short days. Several hundred people participated and enjoyed contemporary Christian music, a Celtic band and opera. The event raised about $3,030 for UMCOR Haiti relief work.
A Texas-based United Methodist clergy group called Connections Band, which usually raises money for Nothing But Nets, held a benefit concert on Jan. 22 to raise funds for Haiti earthquake survivors. A total of $13,883 was raised and will go directly to UMCOR for Haiti relief work.
Embrace Church, Lexington, KY., is holding a “Give $1 to Haiti Fund” and sending 100 percent of donations to UMCOR. So, far about $314 has been raised for Haiti relief.
Chapin United Methodist in South Carolina collected $10,000 last Sunday for UMCOR’s work in Haiti.
Visit Haiti Earthquake web page to share information with your local communities on UMCOR relief efforts and ways to help.
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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