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  • April 05, 2011

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*HAITI: Partners in Providing Shelter

*JAPAN: Relief Update

*GLOBAL: World Malaria Day is April 25

*COTE D’IVOIRE: Children Seek Refuge in Forests

*US: Tornado in Tennessee

*UMCOR HEALTH: Hospital Revitalization and 10-Fold


The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is partnering with BRAC, Habitat for Humanity, and International Relief and Development (IRD) to provide more than 3,200 families in three locales in Haiti with transitional, upgradeable, or permanent housing.

BRAC, which is headquartered in Dhaka, Bangladesh, is currently working with UMCOR Haiti to increase food security, income, and farming capacity for 400 families in five locations in three provinces. BRAC will partner with UMCOR to complete 89 permanent shelters.

Through a million-dollar match grant, Habitat for Humanity will work with UMCOR Haiti to build 3,000 transitional or upgradeable shelters in Leogane, Cabaret, and Port-au-Prince, benefiting 15,000 individual family members. As of March 31, more than 1,200 of the homes were already completed.

UMCOR will partner with IRD to build another 150 transitional shelters in Leogane this month. UMCOR is supporting all three shelter programs with a total of more than $1,874,000.

One hundred percent of your gift to Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325, supports works like these that help the most vulnerable people in Haiti recover from last year’s earthquake. Online Giving


Three weeks after a massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami wreaked havoc in Japan, UMCOR, through its partners, is expanding its response to survivors, whose needs continue to evolve.

Last week, UMCOR sent a grant to partner Church World Service to support the efforts of a chain of local relief and development organizations that are working in the hardest hit areas, including Miyagi, Iwate, and Fukushima prefectures.

The grant will support medical and hygiene services, the distribution of emergency food and nonfood items, counseling for pregnant women and mothers of small children, and the pairing of those in need of housing with others willing to supply a room in their own homes.

One hundred percent of your gift to Japan Emergency, UMCOR Advance #3021317, helps the people of Japan recover from this devastating emergency. Click the button to give now online


In observance of World Malaria Day, the Mozambique Annual Conference’s Center for Hope program will distribute 100,000 long-lasting, insecticide-treated mosquito nets to vulnerable families this spring.

UMCOR is working with the annual conference to coordinate the net distribution, which will also include educational activities on malaria prevention and on the proper use of the mosquito net. The government of Mozambique is supplying the nets for the May 14 distribution.

World Malaria Day is April 25. Download a church bulletin insert and worship slide to mark this day in your congregation. Your gift to Imagine No Malaria, UMCOR Advance #3021190, supports this important ministry. Click the button to give now online


Some 250 children have sought refuge in forests near the western Ivorian town of Duékoué, as ongoing violence reached their area, according to the United Nations. More than 30,000 people are living in two internally displaced persons sites in the west, and more than 500,000 have fled the capital, the UN said.

Although it is increasingly difficult to get humanitarian aid to vulnerable communities, UMCOR was able to provide two emergency grants to the Cote d’Ivoire Conference, one of which funds relief for displaced people and the other supplies food for small children and will continue after the crisis. Read more.

To support UMCOR’s efforts in Cote d’Iovire, please give to International Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #982450, and earmark your check for Cote d’Ivoire Crisis. Click the button to give now online


After storms and tornadoes ripped through three Tennessee counties beginning February 28, UMCOR provided assistance to the Tennessee Annual Conference to help those affected by the events who are unable to cover the costs of home repairs.

According to the conference, storms produced tornadoes that damaged homes and churches in Nashville/Davidson County, Wilson County, and Franklin County. The series of storms has been designated a federally-declared emergency.

More spring storms and tornadoes are brewing across the US, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is expecting heavy and widespread flooding this season. Your gift to US Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670, supports UMCOR’s relief and recovery efforts. Click the button to give now online


This Sunday, April 10, learn about UMCOR’s Hospital Revitalization program during a special webcast at . Learn how this dynamic UMCOR program is strengthening hospitals and health boards in Africa, bringing health and hope to previously underserved populations.

Read more, and tune in to 10-Fold, a project of the General Board of Global Ministries to increase awareness and advocacy of vulnerable populations around the world. And give to Hospital Revitalization, UMCOR Advance #982168. Click the button to give now online

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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