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  • February 23, 2010

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*HAITI: Earthquake Recovery Update
     Hope for Haiti Newsletter

*INDONESIA: Income generation Projects Conclude

*MEXICO: Flood Relief

*US: Eco-Palms

*UMCOR: One Great Hour of Sharing

*JFON: Know Your Rights Clinics


More than $12 Million Raised for Haiti Recovery

As of Friday, February 19, generous United Methodists and people of goodwill across the country and around the world contributed more than $12 million directly to UMCOR for our relief and recovery work in Haiti following the devastating January 12 earthquake there. Donations sent to conference treasurer offices, once processed, will add to the tally.

“The response of the church has been remarkable and generous,” said Bishop Joel Martinez, interim general secretary of the General Board of Global Ministries.

“We know much more is to come, both in financial support and the support of volunteers,” he added. This ongoing support will allow UMCOR “to be there in Haiti for the long haul,” Bishop Martinez underscored.

UMCOR has begun implementation of a five-year work plan that contemplates three phases of assistance to Haiti: emergency, recovery and rehabilitation.

Gifts to support UMCOR’s work 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

UMCOR Haiti Newsletter

You can keep up with UMCOR’s work in Haiti through our Be There. Be Hope. In Haiti. newsletter. Launched last Friday, the newsletter provides weekly updates of UMCOR’s immediate relief and long-term recovery work in Haiti.

The newsletter also highlights some of the creative ways UMCOR supporters are raising awareness and funds for the vast needs of the Haitian people since the January 12 temblor. Sign up to receive Hope for Haiti via e-mail or look for it at each week.


UMCOR celebrated, February 18, the conclusion of two major income generation projects in Aceh, Indonesia, which will continue to benefit more than 1,000 families affected by the 2004 tsunami there.

Through the projects, Livelihoods for Affected Communities in Bireuen, Aceh (LABA), and Sustainable Income Generation in Aceh (SIGA II), tsunami-affected families started new businesses or expanded existing ones to increase their earning potential and economic security.

In the three years since the projects began, UMCOR supplied income generation packages, created a revolving communal fund to keep the programs funded into the future, and rebuilt damaged or destroyed infrastructure for a total of 12 villages.

Read more. Support projects like this by giving to Indonesia Emergency, UMCOR Advance #217400. Online Giving


After torrential rains left some 5,000 people homeless, 17 dead and more than 100 missing in Baja California, Mexico, last month, UMCOR is supplying relief aid to the survivors.

Personnel from three churches of the Iglesia Metodista de México located along the coast near San Quintín Valley will survey survivors in their areas and assess needs for food and clean water.

With UMCOR funding, the churches will be able to supply packages of beans, rice oil or shortening, flour, and other items to affected communities.

Your support will help UMCOR help the survivors of international disasters like this one. Please give to UMCOR International Disaster Response, Advance #982450. Online Giving


UMCOR, in partnership with the University of Minnesota, supports the Eco-Palm Project which sustains forestry, protects local jobs and preserves the livelihoods of small-scale farmers by ensuring fair wages. United Methodists are encouraged to support this project and purchase Eco-palms for Palm Sunday, March 28.

The deadline to purchase Eco-Palms by check is March 2. Eco Palms will be delivered between March 22 and March 26. Click here now to place your order, or visit for more information.

You can use Why Eco-Palms?, a Power Point slide to share information about the benefits of Eco-Palms, or give to UMCOR-SA&D, UMCOR Advance #982188, which supports sustainable projects. Online Giving


Thanks to a grant from the General Board of Church and Society, Justice for Our Neighbors New York (NYAC - JFON), an UMCOR program that provides immigration legal assistance to immigrants and asylum seekers, is holding a series of Know Your Rights clinics at churches in the New York area.

A dozen clinics already have been scheduled. They include a 45-minute presentation by JFON staff, a question and answer period, and time for private consultation.

NYAC – JFON also is planning a training event for United Methodist Church pastors and other church leaders this spring.

“Our aim is to get pastors involved in a conversation about immigration and the impact of the current US immigration system on our immigrant neighbors and encourage them to open the conversation with their congregations,” said Alice Mar, JFON program manager. “We want to challenge and empower local Methodist congregations to engage in service to and advocacy for immigrants.

For more information see the JFON website, and to support this important ministry, please give to Justice for Our Neighbors, UMCOR Advance #901285. Online Giving

To learn about JFON’s special TPS clinics to help Haitian immigrants navigate the special immigration status the US government has offered them, click here.


Over a period of four years, millions of square meters of land in Mozambique, in southeast Africa, were cleared of landmines with the direct support of UMCOR and other partners. Now, UMCOR is turning its efforts to Angola, to help the people there.

More than 40 years of internal strife and conflict have made Angola one of the worst landmine-affected countries in the world. Landmines endanger the lives of the civilian population, deter socio-economic growth and impede the delivery of humanitarian and development assistance.

UMCOR is there, with our partners, to increase the capacity of humanitarian de-miners within Angola and, so, improve the possibilities for rebuilding the country and the lives of its citizens.

When you give to One Great Hour of Sharing, you help cover UMCOR’s cost of doing business and allow us to keep our promise that 100 percent of every other contribution you make to a specific UMCOR project, like the one in Angola, 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 and a video presentation 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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