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  • May 11, 2010

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*HAITI: Recovery Roundtable in Dominican Republic

*INDONESIA: Post-tsunami Income Generation Plan Continues

*CHILE: Needs after Earthquake Deepen

*RELIEF SUPPLIES: Spring Storms Wreak Havoc on US South

*KENYA: A New Home


An international coalition of Methodist and ecumenical church groups have formed a partnership with the Methodist Church of Haiti (EMH) to address long-term development objectives in response to the crisis in Haiti.

Representatives met in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, April 19-22 for a roundtable discussion of EMH-defined priorities.

The priorities continue and expand work already under discussion in Port-au-Prince the very day of the earthquake, January 12, by representatives of some of the same groups present at the roundtable.

In addition to UMCOR, Women’s Division, Mission and Evangelism, and Mission Volunteers were also represented at the April meeting. Click here to read a communiqué.

Gifts to support UMCOR’s Haiti relief and recovery work can be made online by visiting One hundred percent of gifts made to this advance will help. Online Giving


More than five years after a Christmas tsunami devastated communities in Indonesia, UMCOR continues recovery efforts there. In mid-April, UMCOR Indonesia launched the second phase of an income generation program meant to bolster community livelihoods and welfare by establishing cooperatives.

The training targets the most motivated beneficiaries of earlier income generation projects in Aceh Besar and Bireuen Districts.

To support this project and help those affected by the tsunami, make your gift to Indonesia Emergency, UMCOR Advance #217400. Click the button to give now online


Just over two months after a massive earthquake in Chile, the effects of the disaster have not waned but, rather, deepened, said Juan Salazar, coordinator of the Methodist Church in Chile’s emergency response arm, EMAH, an UMCOR partner.

During a visit to UMCOR headquarters in New York City, Salazar said the slow pace of reconstruction combined with the onset of winter, plus the trauma and insecurity provoked by innumerable aftershocks have left the affected population vulnerable.

Although the 8.8 magnitude earthquake and its aftermath fell quickly from US headlines, the need for solidarity is greater now than immediately after the event. “The Gospel teaches us to respond to the marginalized and the forgotten,” Salazar said.

EMAH has responded to survivors of the quake from the first day and is working with UMCOR and partners in Chile to rebuild and repair homes, provide psychosocial care, and support livelihoods. Your gift to Chile Emergency, UMCOR Advance #3021178 helps the Chilean people recover. Online Giving


After torrential rains and flooding stormed through Tennessee at the start of this month, UMCOR Sager Brown shipped more than 10,000 cleaning buckets to four distribution sites in “The Volunteer State.”

The spring storm season already has affected a fistful of states in the US South. Tornadoes in Arkansas and Louisiana and the record-setting rains in Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi and Georgia have taken lives and wreaked havoc on communities.

Tornadoes tore through Oklahoma on Monday, May 10, and reportedly left five dead and 58 wounded. They also caused damage in Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri. Severe weather warnings remained in effect for Tuesday and Wednesday, May 11 and 12.

Cleaning buckets and other relief aid remain in short supply. Click here to learn how you can assemble and send cleaning buckets. And please give generously to US Domestic Disaster Response, Spring Storms, UMCOR Advance #901670. Online Giving


Abraham, 16, from Maua, Kenya never dreamed he would live in a house with a concrete floor. After his parents died, his sister moved away to live with a relative, and he and his three brothers lived in a tiny mud shack, measuring just 150 square feet. They shared one bed.

With grant support from the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund, ZOE Ministry, an UMCOR partner and ministry of the North Carolina United Methodist Conference, gave Abraham and his siblings a new home through the Giving Hope Empowerment Project.

Abraham is one of 600 children in the community who are affected by HIV/AIDS. They include orphans in child-headed households, and those living with elderly or HIV-positive parents. Through community empowerment training, Abraham started his own business growing plants and vegetables. He also raises eucalyptus seedlings which he sells to the Kenyan government for income.

Support projects like these by giving to UM Global AIDS Fund, UMCOR Advance #982345. 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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