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  • October 04, 2011

The UMCOR Hotine

In Today's Hotline:

*Philippines: Typhoon Nesat Recovery

*US: An Appeal for Fire Survivors

*AFRICA: Drought Takes Toll

*INDIA: Arduous Trek to Earthquake Survivors

*US: Reverse Trick-or-Treat

*JFON: Client Story


“The winds brought on by Typhoon Nesat were so strong, it was impossible to sleep through the night because you could hear their impact and power,” said Ciony Ayo-Eduarte, manager of the Philippines office of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).

Ayo-Eduarte said that coastal homes she visited in an early assessment of damages after last week’s category-3 typhoon were “devastated, reduced to almost nothing because of the strong winds.” Some 100,000 people were ordered to evacuate ahead of the storm, and at least 52 died during it. Read more.

A second storm, Typhoon Nalgae, struck the Philippines again over the weekend, submerging two provinces north of the capital, Manila, in chest-high water, according to news reports. Between the two typhoons, some 340,000 people have been affected.

Your gift to Philippines Emergency, UMCOR Advance #240235, helps UMCOR respond to this crisis. Online Giving


In a video message, Janice Riggle Huie, bishop of the Texas Annual Conference and president of UMCOR’s board of directors, commented on the wildfires in Texas, reporting that they have produced the largest fire-damage loss in the history of the state.

Fires destroyed 2,000 homes and provoked $97 million in timber losses, Huie said. Those who suffered the most, she indicated, were the rural poor, those without insurance, and the elderly. UMCOR-trained early response and spiritual care teams provided invaluable services to survivors. Watch the video.

Your gift to US Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670, supports UMCOR’s efforts to prepare local churches and annual conferences to respond to emergencies such as this. Earmark your check “Wildfires 2011.” Online Giving


Severe drought and political instability in Somalia have chased hundreds of thousands of people from their homes to internally displaced persons (IDP) camps near the capital, Mogadishu, or refugee camps outside the country.

Aisha and her family walked 62 miles to an IDP camp, where food and water remain scarce. They lost their livelihood when their 40 goats and 10 cows succumbed to the drought. In the camp, Aisha said, “We don’t even know what will happen one hour from now, and we fear death by starvation.”

More than 13 million people have been affected by the drought in the Horn of Africa. UMCOR is partnering with International Blue Crescent, Church World Service, GlobalMedic, and Muslim Aid to bring relief. Your gift to International Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #982450 helps. Please earmark your check “Horn of Africa Crisis.”Online Giving


Two weeks after a 6.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Sikkim state in India and its Himalayan neighbors in Nepal, Bhutan, and the Tibetan region of China, the land remains unsettled. Driving rains continue to provoke landslides, and survivors who still have a home to go to, prefer to stay outdoors.

“There are still landslides at night… We are very scared,” said Shanta Chetri of Lachung, a village in Sikkim. UMCOR partner Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA) has sent assessment teams to Sikkim and West Bengal, but still has not been able to reach North Sikkim, because roads are still blocked with debris.

Read a personal account of the quake, which caused massive destruction. Your gift to International Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #982450, helps UMCOR respond to this crisis and others like it. Online Giving


This Halloween, help end the exploitation of adults and children working in the cocoa industry by raising awareness about fair trade. Trick-or-treaters can hand out fair-trade chocolate with information cards about how fair trade is a solution to the problems of the cocoa industry.

Reverse Trick-or-Treat kits are available to the first 1,000 individuals who order them, on a first-come, first-served basis, through Global Exchange. Each kit contains 15 mini-chocolates, information cards, and an instruction leaflet.

The kits are free; you only pay $7.50 for shipping and handling. Click here to order. You can also purchase United Methodist Reverse Trick-or-Treat bags here, to hold your fair-trade items.


Haroon’s mother, and sister are both US citizens, but he has been waiting since 2000 for an immigrant visa. As a married child or sibling of a US citizen from India, the waiting time for a visa is currently about 12 years. Last summer, Haroon’s mother became deathly ill. As a Hindu family, his presence at her passing would be paramount.

Haroon’s sister contacted the Justice for Our Neighbors clinic in West Michigan. JFON filed a petition for humanitarian parole, including documentation of his mother’s condition and his religious obligations. The petition was approved just this month, and Haroon was able to leave India to be with his mother.

You can read more about this story in First Monday, JFON’s monthly newsletter. Your support for Justice for Our Neighbors, UMCOR Advance #901285, supports JFON’s important ministry. 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 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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