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  • May 17, 2011

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*US: Storm Season Provokes Billion-dollar Damages

*COLOMBIA: Clinic Makes Life-saving Difference in Remote Village

*HAITI: Seeking Innovation

*GLOBAL: Fair Trade Benefits Small-farm Families


As the Mississippi River rises to levels never before recorded, communities across the United States are dealing with billion-dollar damages provoked by a record-setting year of spring storms.

Damages from flooding in Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri, and Louisiana have already topped $2 billion, according to news sources, as farmlands are inundated and homes fill with muddy water.

Add to that the damages caused by tornado outbreaks, Texas wildfires, and other severe weather events, and the toll could exceed $15 billion—before the 2011 hurricane season even gets under way.

UMCOR is responding with emergency grants, cleaning buckets, technical assistance, and training to annual conferences where communities have been hard hit and/or remain vulnerable. Read more.

You can help. Cleaning buckets continue to be needed and can be shipped to any of the depots in the UMCOR Relief-Supply Network. Your support for US Spring Storms 2011, UMCOR Emergency Advance #3021326, is critical. Online Giving 


With support from UMCOR Health, the Methodist Church of Colombia inaugurated a new clinic in the tiny village of Brisas del Mar, population: 800. Without this clinic, villagers had to travel on foot or by motorcycle to the nearest health post in the town of San Onofre, 14 miles away.

UMCOR, through its Hospital Revitalization program, will support the clinic’s operations for three years, the organization’s first such effort in Latin America. The clinic serves a total of about 3,000 people from Brisas del Mar and surrounding communities.

The clinic is named for the late Rev. Clinton Rabb, former head of United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM), who was a staunch supporter of it. It has a full-time doctor and nurse, and part-time dentist and lab technician.

Your gift to Hospital Revitalization, UMCOR Advance #982168, supports urgently needed programs like this one. Online Giving


During the Reconstruction and Pure-water Supply Forum conducted in Haiti late last month, proposals were shared for innovative solutions to the pervasive needs for housing and clean water since the 2010 earthquake.

The forum was sponsored by UMCOR, Eglise Methodist d’Haiti (EMH), and UMVIM. It was held in Petionville and two communities in Haiti that will benefit from the pilot projects that derive from it. The timeline for the projects is tight; they are expected to be completed by the end of the year.

“We were looking for creativity [on the part of the developers and builders who participated] in terms of what they might bring new to Haiti, rather than just repeating what had been done in the past,” said the Rev. Jim Gulley, a survivor of the earthquake and current coordinator of UMCOR’s work there.

One hundred percent of your gift to Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325, supports UMCOR’s efforts to help the people of Haiti rebuild their communities stronger than before. Online Giving


On a recent trip to the Dominican Republic, blogger Rosina Pohlmann described the benefits she saw not only to small-farm families but to whole communities, thanks to the work of CONACADO cooperative, a producer of cacao for fair trade chocolate, distributed by Equal Exchange.

“We saw schools and water pumps that were paid for by fair-trade premiums, and we listened as co-op members told us about their children, many of whom were able to pursue higher education. Also encouraging is the co-op’s new credit union, which allows members to take out loans at low rates and thus further establish the community,” Pohlmann wrote.

Read Pohlmann’s blogs in UMCOR Notebook and learn more about fair trade benefits for developing communities and about the UMCOR Coffee Project.

Tune in to on Monday, May 23, at 12:00 noon (ET), for an UMCOR-sponsored webcast on fair trade. And give to Sustainable Agriculture and Development, UMCOR Advance #982188. 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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