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  • January 11, 2012

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*PHILIPPINES: Typhoon Sendong

*HAITI: Second Anniversary

*SOUTH SUDAN: Fishing for a Brighter Future



Typhoon Sendong (Washi) caused incredible damage in Mindanao in southern Philippines, according to United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) staff persons in the country. The death toll has risen to 1,257, with 173 missing persons. The ensuing flash floods devastated acres of property and farmlands.

An Islamic community seventeen kilometers away from the main city of Iligan was one of the many that were swept away by Typhoon Sendong. About 17 people died in that area with many more still missing. Some were able to survive by swimming, while others managed to escape the roaring waters by climbing onto rooftops. Corn plantations and crops, by which many make their living, were also destroyed.

According to Maik Sultan, a local leader, organizations have already responded to the community with food and non-food items, but more help is needed. “We are still in need of food donations and we are appealing to those who have generous hearts to help us rebuild our lives and our communities,” he added.

The community in Iligan is one of the areas being organized by the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP). UMCOR is responding to the typhoon-affected areas in Cagayan De Oro and Iligan City in partnership with RMP and BALSA Mindanao. Read more.

Help Typhoon Sendong survivors by giving to Philippines Emergency, UMCOR Advance #240235. Online Giving 


This week marks the second anniversary of the January 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti, which killed more than 200,000 people, including UMCOR and General Board of Global Ministries executives Sam Dixon and Clinton Rabb.

UMCOR has worked tirelessly since the earthquake to bring restoration, healing, and hope to the people of Haiti. In the early recovery phase, which continues today, UMCOR’s work has been facilitated by our strong connections forged over decades of service in Haiti. Together with our partners, UMCOR is advancing work in the fields of education, health and hygiene, shelter and reconstruction, livelihoods, and capacity strengthening.

UMCOR continues its work in Haiti to be there and be hope. Your gifts help make that possible. Please give to Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325, to support UMCOR’s ongoing work. Online Giving


“Twenty-one years of war have limited opportunities for education, livelihoods, and businesses in South Sudan. Life has been hard. We were poor, without a future,” writes Malish Joseph a member of the Worok Fish Pond Group in South Sudan. UMCOR helped this community establish fish farming in Lainya County, to help community members establish a sustainable livelihood.

UMCOR brought in a consultant to train community members how to construct, stock, and maintain a fish farm. The pond was stocked with fingerlings in November and will be harvested early this year. Fresh fish have a high market price in nearby Yei Town and will help families who are members of the Worok Fish Pond Group have a brighter future. Read more.

This program is being implemented with support from United Methodist Church-leveraged funds in tandem with the European Commission. You can support programs like it by giving to Sudan Emergency, UMCOR Advance #184385. Online Giving


January 11 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Every day thousands of women, children, and men are trafficked and forced into different forms of servitude. Bring awareness to this ongoing tragedy by participating in events on January 11 and sharing resources with others.

UMCOR supports children, women, and men through programs that work towards preventing human trafficking and provide services to people who were trafficked. Learn more.

Give towards programs that end human trafficking. Support UMCOR Advance #333615, Anti-Human Trafficking. 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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