The UMCOR Hotline
In Today's Hotline:
PAKISTAN: New Woes as Floodwaters Recede
RELIEF SUPPLIES: Cleaning Buckets Needed
HAITI: UMCOR to Oversee Schools’ Construction
HAITI: UMCOR Seeks Head of Mission
EVENT: Lighten the Burden
PAKISTAN: NEW WOES AS FLOODWATERS RECEDE
As floodwaters recede in Pakistan, challenges presented by disease, economic loss, and the return to devastated homes, farms, and livelihoods emerge on an unprecedented scale. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon refers to the still unfolding emergency in Pakistan as a “slow-motion tsunami.”
While aid trickles in, observers say that “the worst is yet to come.” The Pakistani government expects that 30 percent of all agricultural land will be affected by the disaster, economic damages will reach $43 billion, and the crisis will spur massive unemployment and double-digit inflation up to 20 percent.
More than half a million cases of acute diarrhea have been reported, and the potential for illness and disease to continue to spread remains great in the flood’s aftermath.
In Pakistan, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is supporting the relief efforts of partners Church World Service, GlobalMedic, Muslim Aid, and, through the ACT Alliance, Norwegian Church Aid and the Church of Pakistan.
Your help is urgently needed. Give to International Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #982450, and earmark your check for Pakistan Emergency.
RELIEF SUPPLIES: CLEANING BUCKETS NEEDED
Spring and summer storms in the US South and Midwest have nearly depleted the UMCOR Relief Supply Network of cleaning buckets. The buckets contain items such as bleach, disinfectant soap, and laytex gloves that help those affected by floods or hurricanes tackle the overwhelming task of cleanup.
The UMCOR Relief Supply Network includes depots in six locations: Eastbrook Mission Barn, New Castle, PA; MERCI, Goldsboro, NC; Mission Response Center, Terrell, NC; UMCOR Sager Brown, Baldwin, LA; UMCOR West, Salt Lake City, UT; and Midwest Mission Distribution Center, Chatham, IL.
Cleaning buckets and other relief supplies may be shipped to any depot in the UMCOR Relief Supply Network. For assembly and shipment information, please click here. To support UMCOR’s relief supply ministry, please give to Material Resources, UMCOR Advance #901440.
HAITI: UMCOR TO OVERSEE SCHOOLS’ CONSTRUCTION
UMCOR staff, Rev. Gesner Paul of Église Méthodiste d’Haiti (EMH, Methodist Church of Haiti), and delegates from the Methodist Church in Ireland visited last week the site at Corail, Haiti, where nine UMCOR-supported transitional school buildings will be built in time for the 2010 – 2011 school year.
UMCOR has proactively partnered with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) to directly implement this component of the project by designing and constructing the schools at Corail, while UMCOR will monitor over-all project implementation.
EMH’s Rev. Paul blessed the site with a prayer for the future schools, the labor of those involved in the construction, and the success of UMCOR in its work in Haiti. To support UMCOR’s relief and recovery work in Haiti, please give to Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325.
HAITI: UMCOR SEEKS HEAD OF MISSION
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.
EVENT: LIGHTEN THE BURDEN
The September 20 deadline for registration for Lighten the Burden III an international AIDS Conference sponsored by the United Methodist Church Global AIDS Fund Committee, is fast approaching.
Speakers at the conference, which will be held in Dallas, Texas, October 14 – 16, 2010, include Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño, Desert Southwest Annual Conference, and Dr. Pauline Muchina, senior partnership advisor, UNAIDS, among many others.
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.
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.
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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