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  • August 03, 2010

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*PAKISTAN: Worst Flooding on Record; 2 Million Affected

*US: Care Teams for Gulf Coast

*ZAMBIA: Securing a Future

*SIERRA LEONE: Church Farm Supports Rural Communities

*HAITI: Job Postings

*HAITI: Physical Therapists to be Trained

*US: First Hurricane of 2010 Season


At least 1,200 people have died and 2 million have been displaced from their homes by the most severe flooding on record in northwest Pakistan. Tens of thousands of people remained isolated on rooftops awaiting rescue on Monday, as floodwaters destroyed bridges and roads, according to news reports.

Government buildings, businesses, thousands of acres of crops, and at least 29,500 homes have been completely destroyed by the floods that followed on the heels of extremely heavy monsoon rains that particularly affected Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

Additional rain is expected this week, which could provoke more flooding and increase fears of the spread of waterborne illnesses such as cholera. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is reaching out to partners in Pakistan, including Church World Service, Muslim Aid, and the Peshawar Diocese of the Church of Pakistan, and preparing an initial grant to assist in relief efforts.

“We are praying for the people who have lost loved ones, are left without homes and livelihoods, and for those who are trapped and waiting for food and clean water,” said the Rev. Cynthia Fierro Harvey, UMCOR’s top executive. “UMCOR is committed to addressing their needs and especially reaching out to those who are most vulnerable.”

Please support UMCOR’s response to the crisis in Pakistan with your gift to International Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #982450. Please write Pakistan Emergency on the memo line of your check. Online Giving


UMCOR and the Louisiana Annual Conference trained 128 clergy and laity to serve on Care Teams that will be sent to communities on the Louisiana coast that have been affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

“We expect to be sending teams for several months,” said Candy McCammon, Care Team supervisor for the conference. Teams will be sent to the British Petroleum compound to meet with oil spill response workers, and to community centers and local congregations to talk with those affected by the disaster.

Your gift to US Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670, helps UMCOR respond to this and other natural or human-caused disasters in the United States. Online Giving


Kanjungu Obed, secretary for the United Methodist Church Bethlehem Parish, died in 2007 after a long battle with HIV/AIDS. Before he died, Obed and his wife, also HIV-positive, placed their sons Oliver, 5, and Obrien, 9, in the care of Front Porch Orphanage, a ministry supported by the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund.

Today the boys are embraced by a new family. They receive much needed clothes, nutritious meals, tuition support, and school supplies. Oliver and Obrien attend El-Shaddai Community School with 50 other children who, like them, also lost parents to HIV/AIDS or who survived neglect and poverty.

You can be a part of the fight against HIV/AIDS. Participate in Lighten the Burden III , a conference sponsored by the UM Global AIDS Fund Committee. The conference equips clergy, laity, and AIDS advocates with critical information and resources to address HIV/AIDS in their communities.

Click here to view featured speakers and other conference details. Registration deadline is September 20. Gifts can also be made to the UM Global AIDS Fund, UMCOR Advance #982345. Online Giving


The farmland owned by the United Methodist Church of Sierra Leone in three locations in the country flourished until the land was overrun by rebels in the late 1990s. While civil war raged for 10 years, projects were looted, structures destroyed, and the land itself deteriorated because of neglect.

Now UMCOR is helping the church in Sierra Leone re-establish agricultural activities on the land, equipping the farms with improved seedlings and livestock breeds. This will both generate income for the church and improve livelihoods of residents of rural communities.

Your gift to Hunger and Development, Advance #982029, will support this and other programs that address the underlying causes of hunger in developing nations. Online Giving


UMCOR has posted several employment opportunities to its website to help the organization advance its relief and development work in Haiti. Positions are open for a Livelihoods Coordinator; Shelter and Reconstruction Coordinator; and a Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Coordinator.

For more information, please visit UMCOR’s Job and Volunteer Opportunities website.


When the catastrophic earthquake of January 12 struck Haiti, first-responders sought to save as many lives as possible. Now, more than six months later, one challenge is to help survivors disabled in the quake to resume their lives as productive members of their communities.

UMCOR is assisting Grace Children’s Hospital (GCH) build a rehabilitation infrastructure that will provide immediate care and provide the foundation for a long-term program to meet the rehabilitation needs of adults and children in Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas.

As no rehabilitation education program yet exists in Haiti, UMCOR is helping GCH develop and grow a professional force of rehabilitation specialists who are trained in physical and occupational therapies and who can help the injured return to productive roles in their families and society.

To support UMCOR’s work in Haiti, please give to Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325. Online Giving


Hurricane Alex was the first hurricane of the 2010 season and cut a broad swath across parts of Mexico and Texas on June 30. The Rio Grande Valley was declared a disaster area, and thousands of people along the southern Texas and northern Mexico border were affected.

News reports indicate that in Mexico, the storm killed at least eight people and destroyed or seriously damaged bridges, roads, homes, hospitals, and schools. UMCOR is supporting disaster response efforts on both sides of the border.

Your gift to US Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670, helps UMCOR respond to this and other natural or human-caused disasters in the United States. 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.

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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