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  • August 17, 2010

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*PAKISTAN: Emergency Continues to Unfold

*HAITI: UMCOR Seeks a New Head of Mission

*EVENT: Be Informed, at Lighten the Burden III

*SYRIA: Vocational Training for Iraqi Refugees

*ARMENIA: Microfinance Program Grows


More than three weeks after flooding began in Pakistan, the emergency continues to unfold, with no end in sight. While entire villages and towns remain submerged in floodwaters, the fear of starvation, illness, and disease is compounded by the continual threat of fresh rains.

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) partners in Pakistan report that thousands of people are still stranded and cut off by floodwaters. More than 1,600 have died and some 20 million have been impacted by the crisis, including, according to UNICEF, 6 million children.

Hundreds of roads and bridges have been destroyed, and the World Bank estimates that a billion dollars in crops have been lost. Damage to the country’s economy and to individual livelihoods is incalculable.

UMCOR grants are providing clean drinking water, food, temporary shelter, and medical aid to tens of thousands of people affected by the crisis. Download church resources, including a church bulletin insert, a PowerPoint slide, a prayer of petition, and a poster to share with your church community.

Your gift to International Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #982450, will help UMCOR address the needs of the most vulnerable populations affected by the flooding. Please indicate Pakistan Emergency on the memo line of your check. Online Giving


UMCOR is seeking a qualified and experienced professional to fill the position of Head of Mission in its Haiti field office. The position is a senior one and key to helping advance the organization’s relief and long-term recovery work in Haiti, following the January 12 earthquake.

Please feel free to share this information so that UMCOR can fill this important position with a highly qualified, experienced, and committed individual. For more information, please visit UMCOR’s Job and Volunteer Opportunities website.


“Looking at AIDS in Cultural Contexts”; “The Viagra Generation: Aging and AIDS”; “Why We Care: Our Faith and AIDS”: These are just some of the topics that will be covered at Lighten the Burden III , a conference on HIV/AIDS to be held in Dallas, Texas, October 14 – 16, 2010.

Lighten the Burden III is the third international AIDS Conference sponsored by the United Methodist Church Global AIDS Fund Committee. Speakers include Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño, Desert Southwest Annual Conference, and Dr. Pauline Muchina, senior partnership advisor, UNAIDS, among many others.

You can make a difference toward achieving an AIDS-free world. Register now for Lighten the Burden III. For conference details, please visit the Lighten the Burden III website. And support this work with your gift to UM Global AIDS Fund, UMCOR Advance # 982345. Online Giving


Some 300 Iraqi teenagers in Syria, refugees from the war in their homeland, will benefit from the establishment of a vocational training school in Jaramana, a suburb of the Syrian capital, Damascus.

UMCOR partner International Blue Crescent (IBC), in collaboration with UNICEF and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), will provide Iraqi teens and their Syrian counterparts with job training in computers, electricity, electronics, administration, and other fields.

According to UNHCR, there are some 1.2 million Iraqi refugees in Syria. The vocational training school, besides offering practical skills, will also seek to shield the vulnerable population of young Iraqi refugees in Jaramana from exploitation, abuse, and violence.

Your gift to Middle East Emergency, UMCOR Advance #601740, supports this project and others like it. Online Giving


“Thanks to your credit, we have taken a big step forward,” wrote the Avetisyan family to the AREGAK Universal Credit Organization (UCO). “Within one year we were able to both start up and expand our business. We started off with one greenhouse, and now we plan to harvest out of four.”

AREGAK UCO is a microfinance institution in Armenia that provides small business loans to low-income clients. Founded by UMCOR in 1998, its services now reach people in 55 percent of all of the towns and villages in Armenia, helping clients to build their small businesses and a future for their families.

While AREGAK became self-sustaining in 2006, UMCOR remains its sole shareholder. UMCOR Treasurer Roland Fernandes pointed out that AREGAK’s strong financial performance and full sustainability in 2009 was “exceptional, given the harsh financial climate in Armenia and around the world.”

AREGAK UCO has earned a four-diamond rating (the highest is five diamonds) from the Microfinance Information Exchange, a nonprofit organization that measures the strength and performance of microfinance institutions worldwide.

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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