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In Today's Hotline:
HAITI: Building a Community-Responsive Health System
RELIEF SUPPLIES: UMCOR West Makes First International Shipment
MYANMAR: Empowering Sex Workers to Prevent HIV
EVENT: African American Women and HIV/AIDS Conference
HAITI: BUILDING A COMMUNITY-RESPONSIVE HEALTH SYSTEM
In the rural Leogane District, epicenter of last year’s earthquake in Haiti, access to health and other services is limited at best. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is working with partner organization Global Health Action (GHA) to meet basic health and development needs of the poor there.
With UMCOR support, GHA has developed a program to offer continuing education, training, support, and equipment to a core group of community health workers and traditional birth attendants. The program also helps villagers become aware of health and development issues, and offers basic health care.
One hundred percent of your gift to Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325 supports programs like this one that help the Haitian people rebuild stronger communities.
RELIEF SUPPLIES: UMCOR WEST MAKES FIRST INTERNATIONAL SHIPMENT
On a cold winter day in Salt Lake City, Utah, a faithful group of volunteers loaded a 40-foot shipping container at UMCOR West Office and Depot. They filled the container with nearly 16,000 school kits for delivery to children in the Gaza Strip.
The shipment is the first in the short history of UMCOR West, which opened its doors in mid-2009. Until now, the depot has sent relief kits first to UMCOR Sager Brown in Baldwin, Louisiana, and from there the kits were shipped overseas. Read more about the shipment here.
For more information about UMCOR’s relief supply depots, kit ministry, and volunteer opportunities, click here. Your gift to Material Resource Ministry, UMCOR Advance #901440, allows UMCOR warehouses to purchase relief supplies in bulk.
MYANMAR: EMPOWERING SEX WORKERS TO PREVENT HIV
Ma Thaw (not her real name) is a local community activist in Yangon, Myanmar. She uses drama and her network of friends to promote health and reverse discrimination in her community. Another aspect to her life: She is a sex worker and is living with HIV.
Ma Thaw participates in a self-help group that is part of a network of such groups linked to the organization, the Myanmar Positive Group (MPG), which provides some of the best prevention, awareness, and care activities in the country.
Church World Service (CWS) Asia Pacific has been working alongside and supporting MPG for more than a year. Their partnership is supported through funding from UMCOR. Read the full story here.
You can support projects like this one that create education, prevention, treatment, and awareness through the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund, UMCOR Advance #982345.
EVENT: AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN AND HIV/AIDS CONFERENCE
HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death among African American women, ages 25 – 34. Learn more at the African American Women and HIV/AIDS Conference to be held
March 3 – 5, 2011, in Columbia, South Carolina.
The conference, which is sponsored by The United Methodist Church Global AIDS Fund Committee, will focus on HIV/AIDS-related issues that specifically affect African-American women and mobilize faith communities to act.
Download the conference agenda here and register by February 26.
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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