The UMCOR Hotline
In Today's Hotline:
US: Tornadoes Tear through Mississippi
HAITI: UMCOR grant supports Grace Children’s Hospital
CHILE: Earth Continues to Move Two Months after Quake
CHINA: UMCOR Partner Brings Aid to Quake Survivors
GEORGIA: Bringing Hope to Epilepsy Patients
US: TORNADOES TEAR THROUGH MISSISSIPPI
Tornadoes tore through 13 counties in rural Mississippi April 25, killing 10 and injuring dozens of residents.
A particularly destructive twister cut a swath nearly a mile wide and traveled for 150 miles across the state, according to news reports. It ripped through homes, tore off roofs, snapped power lines and trees, and leveled the Hillcrest Baptist Church.
“We have requested start-up funding from the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). The funding was approved immediately,” reported Bishop Hope Morgan Ward of the Mississippi Annual Conference.
“Our hearts and prayers are with the people of Mississippi as they respond to these tornadoes and loss of life,” said UMCOR Domestic Disaster Response executive Rev. Tom Hazelwood.
The spring storm season is upon us. Please pray for those who have suffered losses in these first storms and help UMCOR respond with your gift to US Domestic Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670.
HAITI: UMCOR GRANT SUPPORTS GRACE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
The January 12 earthquake in Haiti had devastating effects on Grace Children’s Hospital in Port-au-Prince. Some employees perished in the quake and others remain missing. Those who have returned to work do so while they recuperate from the trauma of the disaster. Their workloads have increased with the number of patients and shortage of personnel to take care of them.
In addition, patients’ families that formerly were able to cover the basic costs of care now find themselves without income, and the hospital is attending patients at no charge.
UMCOR is helping Grace Children’s Hospital to continue to offer the care it has brought to Haitian children since 1967. A grant approved this week will support the hospital’s operating expenses for six months and allow it to continue to bring specialized care for children suffering from tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and chronic respiratory diseases.
Gifts to support UMCOR’s Haiti relief and recovery work can be made online by visiting www.umcorhaiti.org. One hundred percent of gifts made to this advance will help the people of Haiti.
CHILE: EARTH CONTINUES TO MOVE, TWO MONTHS AFTER QUAKE
Chile continues to register strong aftershocks two months after a devastating 8.8-magnitude earthquake killed hundreds and caused billions of dollars of damage.
Some 500 people died in the February 27 earthquake, 1.5 million homes were damaged or destroyed, and total damages of $30 billion were sustained in the earthquake that rocked the central and southern parts of the country.
Methodist Church of Chile (IMECH) Bishop Mario Martínez Tapia underscores continuing need for pastoral and emotional support for quake survivors, food and other subsistence support, and support for rebuilding homes, parsonages, and churches destroyed in the disaster.
UMCOR will provide additional disaster response training for IMECH’s Methodist Humanitarian Support Team (EMAH), created late last year after an initial training session.
Help the people of Chile rebuild with your gift to UMCOR Chile Emergency, Advance #3021178.
CHINA: UMCOR PARTNER BRINGS AID TO QUAKE SURVIVORS
The casualty toll from the earthquake in Qinghai Province on the Tibetan Plateau continued to climb over the past week. UMCOR partner The Amity Foundation reports that at least 2,187 people have died, 80 remain missing and more than 12,135 have been injured in the April 14 disaster.
Within 24 hours of the earthquake, The Amity Foundation was on the scene, bringing food, water, blankets, tents and other relief supplies to survivors. High altitude and sub-freezing temperatures of the affected area made relief efforts challenging. High winds and snow were also reported.
Give to International Disaster Response, China Earthquake, UMCOR Advance #982450 to help the earthquake survivors.
GEORGIA: BRINGING HOPE TO EPILEPSY PATIENTS
Shushanik (not her real name) is a 10-year old girl from Akhmeta, Georgia. She had seizures at least once a week and was prescribed Topirmate to control her epilepsy. But the drug was expensive and her family reduced the dosage to save money. In doing so, they inadvertently reduced the drug’s effectiveness, and the child continued to seize.
Then Shushanik was enrolled in a program at Iashvili State Children’s Hospital, where UMCOR provides the epilepsy control drug Topamax free of charge. Now she is able to take the full prescribed dosage and no longer suffers seizures or the stigma that is attached to the illness.
“With regular administration of this medicine children do not suffer seizures. It exerts a positive impact on their psycho-social formation, which is so important,” said Dr. Nana Tatishvili, head of pediatric neurology and epilepsy.
You can help children like Shushanik live healthy, stigma-free lives when you give to UMCOR Georgia Emergency, UMCOR Advance #250305.
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.
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