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  • February 09, 2010

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*HAITI:Earthquake Recovery Update

*JFON:180 Days of Haitian TPS

*DRC: Pilot Project Advanced

*UMCOR: One Great Hour of Sharing


UMCOR Work Plan Emerges: Three Phases, Five Years

UMCOR’s recovery effort in Haiti is projected to span at least five years, according to a team of UMCOR executives who spent two weeks in the Caribbean nation assessing damages and needs following the January 12 earthquake.

Melissa Crutchfield, an UMCOR executive for international disaster relief, refers to the plan as a “living document,” one that provides a roadmap of recovery in three phases while also taking into account emerging needs as relief efforts progress.

According to the Haitian government, in addition to the 200,000 people who died in the disaster, at least three million in the country have been impacted directly or indirectly, including 500,000 survivors who are internally displaced.

The Emergency Phase of the UMCOR plan stretches through April and includes the start of the rainy season in March. It addresses the most immediate needs of access to food, clean water, temporary shelter and emotional and spiritual support.

It will be followed by a medium-term transition phase and a long-term rehabilitation phase, in which structures and infrastructures (homes, schools, medical facilities and churches) will move to more permanent buildings and systems.

Your support will be critical throughout the implementation of the plan. Gifts to Haiti can be made online by visiting For gifts by mail, please make checks payable to UMCOR and mail to UMCOR, P.O. Box 9068, New York, NY 10087. Please indicate Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325 on the memo line of your check. One hundred percent of gifts made to this advance will go to help the people of Haiti.

Layette Kits Needed

Even before the 7.0 earthquake rocked Haiti last month many Haitian mothers lacked swaddling clothes in which to wrap their newborns. In the days since the disaster, babies have been born amid rubble, in field hospitals and in rudimentary shelters, and surviving parents are even less likely to have clean clothes and diapers to welcome them.

Putting together layette kits is another way your church, school or community can help Haiti at this critical time. Each kit contains diapers, washcloths, one-piece body suits or shirts, gowns, diaper pins and receiving blankets. Click here for more information.

Thank You for Health Kits

Students like Dyanse Guzman, 7, of Cedar Ridge Elementary School in Georgia, were among the many people across the U.S. who have contributed to the more than 100,000 health kits that have been assembled for shipment to Haiti from UMCOR’s Sager Brown Depot. Nearly as many are currently being processed. Thank you for your generous support. Health kits are still needed and being accepted at all United Methodist depots. UMCOR is securing warehouse space in Haiti to which the kits will be shipped and from which they will be distributed to a population that urgently needs them.


Fewer than six months remain for Haitian immigrants who lack legal immigration documents to register to obtain Temporary Protected Status (TPS) through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), reports UMCOR’s Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) program.

In collaboration with local churches and agencies, JFON is organizing mass immigration clinics specifically to help the churches and agencies guide Haitian immigrants through the TPS registration process. Three clinics are scheduled to be held in the New York City area and another is set for Orlando, Florida, over the next three weeks.

Haitian immigrants must register for TPS by the July 20, 2010 deadline, which makes getting the word out to the communities urgent, says JFON attorney T.J. Mills.

Churches or community groups wishing to set up a clinic for Haitian TPS may contact JFON at any of its field offices.

Please support JFON through Advance #901285. Online Giving


UMCOR’s pilot project, in coordination with the General Board of Global Ministries Ministry with the Poor, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo took another step forward last month as 30 community health workers in the village of Kamina participated in a four-day training to identify priority programs to promote health, integrate sustainable agriculture practices and secure potable water in this rural area.

“The need is for the community health workers to develop the programs themselves,” says UMCOR executive Lisa Jackson, who co-led the training from January 13 to 16 with UMCOR executives, June Kim and Shannon Trilli. “If you don’t train local people to care for a project it will fall by the wayside.”

As part of the program, UMCOR partner GlobalMedic introduced a water filtration system and trained the community health workers in its use.

You can support this pilot project with your contribution to Advance # 3020600. Online Giving


Zimbabwe, in southern Africa, is going through one of the worst economic crises in history. So, when more than 400 Zimbabwean children in rural areas received school kits from UMCOR to help them prepare for classes, there were shouts of joy. The items in the school kits packed and sent by United Methodists are humble by U.S. standards, yet priceless to the children who receive them.

When you give to One Great Hour of Sharing, you maximize the effectiveness of distributions such as this. Your gift helps cover UMCOR’s cost of doing business and allows us to keep our promise that 100 percent of every other contribution you make to a specific UMCOR project will be spent on that project and not on administrative costs.

One Great Hour of Sharing is March 14.

Order your free offering envelopes or posters by calling 888-346-3862. Check the UMCOR website for worship materials in support of this important offering. Gifts to this fund can be made all-year long. Please give now.

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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