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  • February 16, 2010

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*HAITI: Earthquake Recovery Update

*UMCOR: One Great Hour of Sharing

*PHILIPPINES: Typhoon Relief Update

*PAKISTAN: Aid for Internally Displaced


UMCOR Relief Efforts One Month after Quake

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), with the help of the Methodist Church in Haiti, has leased office space in Port-au-Prince and hired staff to advance the work plan that was drawn up by a team of UMCOR executives that assessed damages and needs following the January 12 earthquake.

“Our intention is to be operational as soon as possible,” said Sharad Aggarwal, one of the executives who participated in the assessment. Aggarwal expects the office to begin operating this week.

The generous support of donors, who have contributed more than $11 million to UMCOR’s relief and recovery work in Haiti, will be critical to moving the work plan forward both in the initial emergency phase and throughout the projected five years of the recovery plan.

Bishop Joel Martinez, interim general secretary of the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) called the funds raised so far “a good start.” He added, “UMCOR will be there for the long haul and will need additional support.

Aid has come in other forms, too, including the components for more than 350,000 health kits, which are positioned to be distributed in Haiti as soon as circumstances allow. Layette kits for newborns are also needed.

Read more about Haiti one month after the earthquake. And look for a special update e-newsletter dedicated to UMCOR’s recovery work in Haiti—Hope for Haiti—to begin circulation this Friday, February 19.

Gifts to support UMCOR's relief efforts in Haiti can be made online by visiting For gifts by mail, please make checks payable to UMCOR and mail to UMCOR, PO 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 help the people of Haiti. Click the button to give now online


Anahit (not her real name), 24, lived in a small town in Armenia. In need of a job, she traveled to Dubai. Lured by empty promises of work, Anahit found herself trapped in the world of prostitution and human trafficking. When police conducted a raid, Anahit and other trafficked survivors were deported to their home countries.

Thankfully for Anahit and others like her, there is hope for a better life through refuge and shelter services provided by UMCOR Armenia’s Anti Human Trafficking Project. The project helps trafficked survivors reintegrate into society and recover from their traumatic experience.

When you give to One Great Hour of Sharing, your gift will help 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, like the one in Armenia, 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. Click the button to give now online


After typhoons last fall caused the worst flooding in the Philippines in 40 years, UMCOR Philippines continues to respond to the survivors.

Along with partners like Kapatiran Kaunlaran Foundation, Inc. (KKFI), Asuncion Perez and others, UMCOR supplied about 1,000 families in the affected areas of the island of Luzon with food relief, mosquito nets and blankets. New school uniforms to replace those lost in the flooding also were supplied to the children of some 300 families.

UMCOR is preparing to respond to rehabilitation needs of affected communities in Laguna, Pampanga and Zambales, also on Luzon, with food and medical relief, as well as training and equipment for rebuilding livelihoods and the reconstruction of houses.

Your support for UMCOR’s recovery work in the Philippines is appreciated. Please give now to UMCOR Advance # 240235. Online Giving


When military operations in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province (NWFP) intensified, more than 1 million people were forced to flee for safety. UMCOR has been supporting Church World Service and Muslim Aid in the delivery of food, shelter, blankets and other supplies in Mardan and Swabi districts. Women-headed households, orphans and the elderly have been given priority during the distribution process.

Apart from relief activies, UMCOR and its partners held an event called “Voices of IDPs” in Islamabad, the aim of which was to reflect on the growing conflict in the country, hear the experience of the internally displaced and with them seek solutions. The meeting also served to increase the coordination among all the organizations serving the needs of the displaced.

Help support this effort with your gift to International Disaster Response—Pakistan, UMCOR Advance #982450. 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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