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  • February 15, 2011

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*AFGHANISTAN: A Place to Call Home

*SIERRA LEONE: Moringa Tree, “Mother’s Best Friend”

*ARMENIA: Anti-Trafficking Program FAQs

*CHILE: Bringing Comfort to Refugees


Juma Gul and his family fled to Pakistan from Afghanistan, hoping to escape decades of violence and war. Just over three years ago, the family decided to return to Afghanistan. When they did, they found their home had been destroyed, as had local water sources for agriculture and livestock.

Gul and his family became among the 44,000 Afghans to participate in a program of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to rehabilitate damaged streams and restore damaged homes.

The program also provided for the construction of a clinic, the training of community health workers, and the distribution of livestock or fruit tree seedlings.

At the project’s completion late last year, Gul commented, “I am happy to be an Afghan living in my own country, in my own house, and cultivating my own land.” Read the full story here.

 Your gift to Afghanistan Emergency, UMCOR Advance #602225, helps communities rebuild and recover from years of war and conflict. Online Giving 


“Mother’s Best Friend” is just one of the names the Moringa tree goes by. The tree, native to the foothills of the Himalayas, but now widely cultivated in Africa, Central and South America, Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia, and the Philippines, is also known as the “miracle tree.”

UMCOR’s Sustainable Agriculture and Development program has played a pioneering role in Africa in the promotion of the Moringa as a source of nutrition, health, even purified water. Last October, UMCOR launched a promotion of the tree in Sierra Leone to support vulnerable communities there.

Read the full story here. Your gift to Sustainable Agriculture and Development, UMCOR Advance #982188, supports programs like this one for those who need them most. Online Giving


UMCOR’s victim assistance program in Armenia is the only program in the country that provides long-term, comprehensive reintegration services to women, children, and men survivors of human trafficking. About 90 percent of survivors who pass through the program return to lead fruitful lives.

Click here to read a Frequently-Asked-Questions sheet on UMCOR’s unique program in a part of the world that has seen the proliferation of human trafficking, fueled by factors such as war, natural disasters, poor social and economic conditions, and others.

Your gift to Anti-Human-Trafficking, UMCOR Advance #333615, helps UMCOR provide direct services to the victims of human trafficking, advocate on their behalf, and build awareness to put an end to this modern-day slave practice. Online Giving


Chile has become a sanctuary for a great many asylum-seekers and refugees. To help these newcomers adapt to life in their new country, the Methodist Church of Chile and the ecumenical Social Support Foundation of the Christian Churches created a Program of Refugee Integration Services (PROSIR).

With support from UMCOR, PROSIR is currently assisting 150 refugees in the Chilean capital, Santiago, and in the city of Arica. The organization offers guidance and direct services in the areas of finance, legal services, and psychosocial support.

Your gift to Chile Emergency, UMCOR Advance #3021178, supports initiatives like this one that respond to communities in need in Chile. 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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