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  • December 14, 2010

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*LIBERIA: Ganta Hospital Dental Clinic Takes Shape

*US: Blankets to the Border

*US: Hurricane Alex Recovery Continues

*SUDAN: Building an Infrastructure of Peace


With support from the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), Ganta United Methodist Hospital in northeastern Liberia has added a Department of Dental Surgery and a School of Dental Nurse Practitioners (DNP), the latter the first of its kind in West Africa.

The new programs are part of the hospital’s efforts to rebuild after a 14-year-long civil war forced it to temporarily close its doors in 2003 – 2004. The hospital, which serves a population of 450,000, also provides general medicine, basic surgery, ophthalmology, pediatrics, HIV testing, and other services.

UMCOR partners Dental Care to the World and the University of Tennessee Dental School are also supporters of the development of the Department of Dental Surgery and the DNP School and curriculum.

Read more about Ganta United Methodist Hospital. Your gift to Hospital Revitalization, UMCOR Advance #982168, supports the return of vital health services to the people of Liberia and elsewhere.Online Giving


For the third year running, UMCOR is providing blankets—10,000 of them—to the Methodist Border Mission Network (MBMN), a bilateral ministry that assists vulnerable people in the US and Mexico.

UMCOR’s relief supply ministry, UMCOR Sager Brown, is providing the blankets, which often are the only protection some families can count on against life-threatening cold. Sager Brown is also sending a shipment of health kits.

Learn more about UMCOR’s relief supply ministry. Your gift to US Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670, makes it possible for UMCOR to respond this and other emergencies. Online Giving


Last June, Hurricane Alex made landfall in northern Mexico and moved across the border into Texas, causing flooding that destroyed or damaged homes on both sides of the border. Then a tornado roared through the Texan town of Hebbronville and provoked more flooding. Four hundred miles along the Rio Grande were affected.

UMCOR provided immediate relief in food, water, and funds. More than five months later, the organization continues to support recovery efforts in the lower Rio Grande area, where it is helping to rebuild homes.

Your gift to US Disaster Relief, UMCOR Advance #901670, helps UMCOR to be present with communities in crisis for the duration of their emergency. Online Giving


UMCOR’s Integrated Community-based Education Initiatives in Southern Sudan not only provide needed health and education infrastructure but foster peace and development in a land long torn by war.

Begun in May 2009, the project was so successful in its first phase that it was extended through December 2011. The next phase will cover a larger geographic area within the distressed state of Northern Bahr el Ghazal, located along the conflictive boarder with Sudan to the north.

The project was designed and is being implemented in the context of a fragile peace accord between the Government of the Republic of the Sudan, in the north, and the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement, in the south. A referendum next month will determine southern autonomy.

Read the full story. Your gift to Sudan Emergency, UMCOR Advance #184385 supports UMCOR’s work in Southern Sudan and helps the Sudanese people build an infrastructure of peace and development. 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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