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  • October 18, 2011

The UMCOR Hotine

In Today's Hotline:

*INDIA: Relief for Earthquake Survivors

*HAITI: Home-Construction Pilot Project Takes Off

*KENYA: Families Gain Access to Pure Water

*US: After the Floods in North Dakota


With the onset of winter this month in the Himalayan region of India, thousands of families left homeless and traumatized by the September 18 earthquake there are becoming increasingly vulnerable.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is working with partner Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA-India), a member of ACT Alliance, to provide urgently needed relief supplies to 1,000 of those families in Sikkim state.

Families will receive five woolen blankets, a pressure cooker, utensils set, bucket, and hygiene kit, as well as materials to create a temporary shelter against the cold.

Your gift to International Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #982450, helps provide relief to communities such as these in Sikkim crushed by natural disasters. Online Giving


UMCOR and partner World Hands Alliance are ready to help L’Eglise Methodiste d’Haiti (EMH) Housing Project move ahead with the construction of the first eight homes in a pilot program that will bring 40 new dwellings to families in Mellier and Carrefour communities.

The partnership with World Hands Alliance (WHA) follows an UMCOR/EMH forum last summer, in which contractors presented ideas for the construction of homes that would meet accepted Sphere standards and other criteria voiced by the communities.

WHA’s designs were deemed most appropriate by 30 of the 40 families. The remaining homes will use the design of another contractor.

As the project goes forward, it also will include training for 12 local construction workers and two site bosses. Beneficiaries of both communities will be active participants in the construction, as they contribute to removing rubble, provide food and drinking water for workers, and other tasks.

If the pilot project is deemed successful, it will likely expand further into the two targeted communities and to other communities in Haiti.

Your gift to Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325, supports programs such as this one to help the people of Haiti recover from last year’s devastating earthquake. Online Giving


More than 2.2 million children are among the 13.3 million people in the eastern Horn of Africa who require emergency assistance due to severe drought and other factors in the region, according to the United Nations.

Successive seasons without rain, increasing food prices, conflict, and limited humanitarian access have all contributed to the highest rates of food insecurity, acute malnutrition, and water shortages in the world, according to the Red Cross.

UMCOR and partner GlobalMedic are working together in Kenya to provide 3,500 refugees and internally displaced persons there with access to pure drinking water for a period of 12 months. They will focus on beneficiaries located in camps in northern Kenya, on the border with Somalia.

UMCOR is working with other trusted partners in the area to extend the reach of aid to the peoples most affected by this disaster in Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia. Your gift to International Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #982450, is urgently needed. Please earmark your check “Horn of Africa Crisis.” Online Giving


While for some communities in North and South Dakota spring floods are routinely expected, flooding in 2011 throughout the Dakotas Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church was exceptional, affecting areas that hadn’t seen rising rivers in more than a hundred years.

The town of Minot, North Dakota, was one of those areas. The overflowing Souris, or Mouse, River directly damaged or destroyed more than 3,000 homes there, creating a disaster recovery scenario that is likely to last at least two years.

During their semi-annual meeting last week, UMCOR’s board of directors voted to support the Dakotas Conference recovery plan with a two-year grant in the amount of $463,000.

This grant will help the conference contract a full-time associate disaster response coordinator who can be present to those directly affected by this disaster for the duration of their recovery.

UMCOR is able to provide this support because of the generous gifts of United Methodists and other people of good will, especially during what continues to be a very challenging year across the United States.

Your gift to US Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670, provides the means for UMCOR to respond to both immediate needs provoked by a natural or human-made crisis and over the long haul of recovery, as in the Dakotas. 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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