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  • June 29, 2010

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*US: Hope and Inspiration

*DR CONGO: Farmers Share Benefits of UMCOR Training

*HAITI: Looking Toward a Future

*CHILE: Disaster Response Strengthened as Recovery Advances

*GEORGIA: Help for Glaucoma Patients


In a recent interview with United Methodist Communications, Tom Hazelwood, UMCOR’s US disaster response executive, discussed the importance of volunteering, financial support, kit assembly, and ministries of presence following a disaster.

“Sometimes it is rebuilding a home. Sometimes it is helping someone find a job. Sometimes it is as simple as making sure people have enough to eat or enough income to sustain themselves,” he said. “There are so many ways in which we interact with people in helping them move forward and to be self-sufficient.”

Your gift for US Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670 makes a real difference in the lives of people dealing with the aftermath of emergencies like the Tennessee floods and Ohio tornadoes. Your support is urgently needed. Click the button to give now online


In the Kamina area of the Democratic Republic of Congo, 80 farmers who received UMCOR training in sustainable agriculture techniques increased their crop yields and personal incomes and are returning the fruits of their success to their communities.

The farmers formed three community groups, pooled their resources, and purchased a diesel-run grinding mill for grinding cassava and corn as a service to their neighbors. They also bought 30 goats for breeding, with the goal that each member will end up with three or four goats of their own.

Your gift for Sustainable Agriculture & Development, UMCOR Advance #982188 helps multiply the benefits of programs like this one for participants and their communities. Click the button to give now online


In the midst of recovery following the January 12 earthquake that devastated much of Haiti, UMCOR staff met with more than 25 leaders of the Methodist Church of Haiti (EMH) to strategize long-term development.

The three-day workshop on envisioning the future in Haiti was attended by circuit superintendents, lay members, and other church leadership from the nine circuits in Haiti as well as by representatives from The General Board of Global Ministries, United Church of Canada and the Methodist Church of Britain.

UMCOR consultant Rev. Jim Gulley facilitated the three-day meeting, guiding the group to outline long-term development priorities, goals, and indicators in the areas of health, education, microenterprise, and agriculture.

As Haiti approaches the six-month anniversary of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that devastated the country, UMCOR is planning a series of new resources and updates to promote continued solidarity with the Haitian people.

Visit the UMCOR Hotline and UMCOR’s Haiti Emergency webpage next week for more information.

Your support for Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325 is as urgent now as it was immediately following the January 12 disaster. Please give generously. Online Giving


The Methodist Church of Chile’s disaster response team is strengthening its structure even as it continues to respond to the needs provoked by the February 27 earthquake. The Methodist Humanitarian Aid Team (EMAH) was created just months before the massive 8.8-magnitude quake.

With support from UMCOR, EMAH will review and evaluate its actions during the emergency and offer additional training to staff and volunteers to enhance the response to this and future emergencies. “As a country we are destined for catastrophes due to our geographic makeup,” said EMAH director Juan Salazar.

At the same time, EMAH is rebuilding homes and providing food relief packages to survivors of the earthquake. Your gift for Chile Emergency, UMCOR Advance #3021178 supports this effort and helps EMAH build its capacity to offer a professional response in the wake of disasters. Online Giving


Glaucoma is an insidious disease, offering no warning of its impending damaging effects. That is why regular eye examinations are crucial—as is the proper medication once the disease develops.

At Tbilisi Medical University’s ophthalmologic department in Georgia, UMCOR’s support for free eye examinations and high-quality glaucoma medication is helping the neediest people—the poor and those who have been internally displaced by conflict—retain the gift of sight.

“Untreated glaucoma can lead to loss of vision, while just one drop of Travatan or Azopt once a day may dramatically reduce that risk,” said Dr. Nino Karanadze. Your gift for Georgia Emergency, UMCOR Advance #250305 supports this and other programs in the republic of Georgia. 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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