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  • July 20, 2010

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*HAITI: Post-earthquake Aid Challenges

*INDONESIA: Communities Rebuild through Creative Arts

*ARMENIA:Healing for the Most Vulnerable

*WORLD: Water for the Thirsty

*US: Serving Refugees for 20 Years

HAITI: POST-EARTHQUAKE AID CHALLENGES

Recent news reports focused on Haiti six months after the January 12 earthquake paint a picture of frustration with regard to the channeling of relief and recovery aid. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has been present in Haiti from the start and is no stranger to these challenges.

In her statement, “Navigating a Landscape of Hope in Haiti,” UMCOR head Rev. Cynthia Fierro Harvey says that despite the difficulties, “UMCOR, along with our partners, is helping to lay a foundation we hope will sustain Haiti and support Haitians’ efforts to rebuild their country and their lives.”

While much of the total $5.3 billion that has been committed to Haiti relief via numerous means, efforts and organizations has been slow to materialize, “United Methodist congregations and individuals all over the world have contributed more than $40 million to UMCOR’s Haiti Emergency fund,” Harvey says.

More than $15 million of those funds are already committed to specific programs that address immediate and long-term needs in the areas of shelter, education, livelihoods, water, and sanitation.

Learn more about UMCOR’s relief and recovery work in Haiti and please give to UMCOR Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325. One hundred percent of your gift will help the people of Haiti. Click the button to give now online

INDONESIA: COMMUNITIES REBUILD THROUGH CREATIVE ARTS

UMCOR-supported Kopwan Inong Aceh , an Indonesian women’s cooperative, was represented at the fourth annual Indonesia Creative Products Exhibition in Jakarta, an opportunity to expand the group’s knowledge of, and gain experience in, marketing their products beyond their local region.

Support for Kopwan Inong Aceh is just one UMCOR effort to help Indonesians rebuild livelihoods after a tsunami caused massive destruction six years ago. It reflects UMCOR’s commitment to accompany communities affected by disaster long after the event has faded from headlines.

Your support makes it possible for UMCOR to be there for the long haul. Please give to Indonesia Emergency, UMCOR Advance #217400. Click the button to give now online

ARMENIA: HEALING FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE

Anoush Davtyan is a frequent visitor to Norashenik Walk-in Clinic in Armenia. When her 1-month-old daughter, Liana, experienced serious diaper rash, Anoush brought her to the clinic and received high-quality medication for Liana, thanks to UMCOR’s Pharmaceutical Distribution Assistance program.

Doctor Gayane Hovhannisyan said the program not only provides quality medication, it also “relieves a huge financial burden from socially vulnerable families that are outside of the Ministry of Health’s assistance categories.” Norashenik Clinic has been a participant in the program for more than a decade.

Your support for Armenia Emergency, UMCOR Advance #250225, supports this and other projects that benefit the most vulnerable in Armenia. Online Giving

WORLD: WATER FOR THE THIRSTY

Some 854 million people in developing countries lack adequate access to water, and more than 2.6 billion people have no access to basic sanitation. UMCOR provides clean water for the thirsty by supporting 11 water and sanitation projects throughout Africa and Latin America.

Through the distribution and training in the use of household or community filtration units and the construction and rehabilitation of wells and boreholes, women and children supported by these projects no longer have to walk for hours to reach an often contaminated water source.

UMCOR also empowers communities to create local ownership through community development committees that oversee UMCOR projects and create solutions and strategies for future development and maintenance.

Help provide clean water to those in need with your gift to Global Water and Sanitation, UMCOR Advance #3020600. Online Giving

 US: SERVING REFUGEES FOR 20 YEARS

About every year and a half since 1995, St. Paul United Methodist Church in Louisville has sponsored a refugee family through Kentucky Refugee Ministries (KRM). The congregation has sponsored refugees from Haiti, Somalia, Bosnia, Vietnam, Sudan, Iraq, and many others.

Most recently, St. Paul’s co-sponsored the Al Hamidi family from Iraq, who arrived in February. Congregation members will act as guides and friends to the family and help them become self-sufficient as soon as possible.

Learn more about this important ministry and support it with your gift to New Hope for Newcomers, UMCOR Advance #901779. Online Giving

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.

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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