The UMCOR Hotline
For 70 years, UMCOR has brought hope and promise to God’s most vulnerable children. On your behalf, in 2010, UMCOR continued to live out its mission to alleviate human suffering in places where natural and human-caused disasters have overwhelmed a community’s ability to recover on its own.
This year has been one of transition and challenge for UMCOR, even as it has presented opportunities to expand our ministry.
It is a joy to share with you some of the work you made possible this year. Your ongoing partnership allows us to accompany communities over the long haul.
In Today's Hotline:
HAITI: UMCOR Responds to Earthquake Survivors
US: Floods Soak Tennessee
ZIMBABWE: Putting Food on the Table
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: Beating Malaria
CHILE: Disaster Preparedness
PHILIPPINES: Providing Clean Water
MOZAMBIQUE: Building Health Care Independence
GLOBAL: A New Year Means New Challenges
HAITI: UMCOR RESPONDS TO EARTHQUAKE SURVIVORS
On January 12, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake shook the impoverished nation of Haiti, causing widespread destruction and loss of life. UMCOR was there in the immediate aftermath of the quake and remains in Haiti today, working with the people for the recovery and rehabilitation of their country.
In the emergency phase, UMCOR addressed immediate needs for access to food, temporary shelter, clean water and sanitation, and emotional and spiritual support.
In the recovery phase, which is expected to run through the first anniversary of the disaster, UMCOR is helping to build permanent homes, schools, clinics, and churches, and promote livelihood restoration and income generation.
The third phase, rehabilitation, will likely extend through January 2015, during which time UMCOR will offer assistance for both physical reconstruction and economic development, and help rebuild systems such as health and education.
Support for all these efforts will continue to be needed as tents give way to temporary shelters and, ultimately, to permanent homes, schools, places of worship, and small businesses. One hundred percent of your gift to Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325, helps the Haitian people rebuild.
US: FLOODS SOAK TENNESSEE
So much rain fell in two days in Tennessee last spring that experts refer to the event as a “1000-year flood,” not expecting to see another like it in that span of time. Creeks and rivers overflowed their banks and caused flash flooding. Crops, especially in the western part of the state, were severely damage.
UMCOR Sager Brown transported more than 12,000 cleaning buckets to the Memphis and Tennessee annual conferences, and UMCOR continues to support trained volunteers who are helping residents clean out and put their homes back in order.
“I was so moved by the kindness of the churches,” wrote Pamela Miller, whose home was affected. “The churches were our first-responders…. On the very first day that we and our neighbors returned to our houses, there were the churches with us—handing out cold drinks, sack lunches, and that wonderful [cleaning] bucket.”
Your support for US Disasters, UMCOR Advance #901670, allows UMCOR to continue to respond to natural emergencies like this one.
ZIMBABWE: PUTTING FOOD ON THE TABLE
Drought, cholera, HIV/AIDS, and economic meltdown came together in early 2010 to complicate an already considerable humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe. In January, at the peak of the hunger season, an estimated 1.9 million Zimbabweans required food assistance to stave off starvation.
UMCOR and the United Methodist Church of Zimbabwe (UMCZ) embarked on a maize meal distribution program to aid the most vulnerable households in the church’s 12 districts. UMCOR trained 34 UMCZ staff members to address the crisis, and 16,314 families received a total of 408 metric tons of maize meal.
The need continues in Zimbabwe. You can help with your gift to Zimbabwe Emergency, UMCOR Advance #199456.
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: BEATING MALARIA
In April, UMCOR marked World Malaria Day by distributing 23,000 long-lasting, insecticide-treated nets in the Bongonga community of Lubumbashi, the second largest city in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But that distribution was just the beginning.
In September, The United Methodist Church became the first faith-based organization to partner with The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. As a faith-based organization, UMCOR can connect Global Fund partners with trusted church networks beyond the reach of traditional health systems.
By the end of the year, UMCOR also partnered with the Methodist Church of Sierra Leone to distribute another 400,000 mosquito nets in that West African nation.
Your gift to Imagine No Malaria, UMCOR Advance #3021190, continues this life-saving work.
CHILE: DISASTER PREPAREDNESS
Just four months before a massive earthquake rocked Chile last February, UMCOR had held a disaster preparedness workshop for members of the Methodist Church of Chile (IMECH). Participants had created a disaster response network, so when the earthquake struck, they were ready to take action.
Juan Salazar, national coordinator of the Methodist Humanitarian Aid Team (EMAH), said the training was “fundamental” to the church’s ability to be present to quake survivors. It provided, he said, “the basic tools we needed in order to understand how to respond to emergencies like this earthquake…”
UMCOR offered a follow-on workshop in September that helped EMAH evaluate its response to the emergency. In October, IMECH and UMCOR officials further strengthened their partnership when they signed a memorandum of understanding during a meeting of Global Ministries’ Board of Directors.
Your gift to Chile Emergency, UMCOR Advance #3021178, helps the Chilean people continue to rebuild homes damaged or destroyed in the earthquake and respond to other needs provoked by the disaster.
PHILIPPINES: PROVIDING CLEAN WATER
Following typhoons Ketsana and Parma, UMCOR, in partnership with GlobalMedic, provided clean water to 25,000 people and oral rehydration salts to 3,680 people in homes, health clinics, and displaced communities.
Like those affected by these disasters in the Philippines, some 884 million people around the world lack access to clean water. UMCOR is working to change that.
UMCOR’s new Water and Sanitation unit provides access to safe drinking water through the distribution of household water-filtration systems and the rehabilitation or construction of community wells. It develops appropriate sanitation facilities and encourages local ownership of these systems and facilities.
Your gift to Water and Sanitation, UMCOR Advance #3020600, will help more communities obtain access to this precious gift.
MOZAMBIQUE: BUILDING HEALTH CARE INDEPENDENCE
Chicuque Rural Hospital (CRH), located in a tiny fishing village on Mozambique’s southeast coast, bustles with life—new life, restored life, saved life. A missionary hospital founded in 1913, CRH today is part of the Mozambique Annual Conference, whose health board is a beneficiary of UMCOR training.
UMCOR is facilitating training for a total of eight annual conference health boards in Africa as part of the organization’s hospital revitalization plan. The significance of the effort is nothing short of strategic as it helps the conferences attend to the broad needs of local communities and ensures independence.
United Methodist missionary Theodore Warnock conducts the training, helping the health boards, he says, “establish themselves as the leadership and governing body for their hospitals, clinics and other health-related programs, thereby providing holistic, affordable, and accessible delivery of health care services.”
Your gift to Hospital Revitalization, UMCOR Advance #982168, supports this critical program.
GLOBAL: A NEW YEAR MEANS NEW CHALLENGES
The past year has been a busy one, and UMCOR looks forward to the opportunities and challenges of 2011 and beyond. It is hard to say where God will lead UMCOR in the New Year, as the organization continues to respond to the world in times of crisis.
Your support for UMCOR Undesignated, UMCOR Advance #999895, allows us to mobilize quickly to address needs around the world as they develop.
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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