News & Features
Browse UMCOR’s breaking news, releases and announcements, and recent stories from the field.
Haiti Progressing with Hope
January 12 marks one year since the devastating earthquake shook the impoverished nation of Haiti. While progress has been painstakingly slow, signs of hope are springing up for those affected by the earthquake.
South Texas Colonias: Health Care in their Pocket
In 2008, Hurricane Dolly hit South Texas. Measured as only a Category 2 storm, the hurricane didn’t seem too bad to Lower Rio Grande Valley residents—that is, to those in urban areas. Many colonias—small, rural neighborhoods located outside city limits—were, in fact, in shambles.
Sierra Leone Volunteers Save Moms, Babies
Christiana Tommy is on a mission to reduce maternal and infant deaths in her community.
In Southern Sudan, UMCOR Helps Build an Infrastructure of Peace
The Integrated Community-based Education Initiatives that the United Methodist Committee on Relief is implementing in Southern Sudan provide needed health and education infrastructure.
Armenia: Gaining a New Perspective Toward HIV
United Methodist Committee on Relief in Armenia (UMCOR Armenia) is combating the spread of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) by raising awareness in local communities, increasing access to screenings and treatment through mobile medical teams, and training local healthcare practitioners.
Imagine No Malaria has First Release of Funds
The United Methodist Church plans to combat malaria in Africa by using both its own health infrastructure and partnerships with other organizations.
A Change of Heart in the Face of AIDS
As World AIDS Day, Dec. 1 draws near, United Methodists and friends are reminded of the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS, a disease that has robbed more than 33 million lives around the world.
Mission Students Meet in Miami
After eight weeks of conducting personal research and corresponding by email and online chats, nine United Methodists met in Miami this week as part of the Mission Travel Study to Haiti.
Haiti Braces for Tomas
After ten months of struggling to recover from a devastating earthquake in January, the people in Haiti are doing what they can to brace themselves against Tropical Storm Tomas.
Sexual Violence and HIV
During the war, Kabongo was a field of violence. Located in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), communities in and around Kabongo lived under the constant threat of the Congolese army and rebel groups who pillaged, raped, burned homes, and confiscated food rations.
Nouveau College Bird of Haiti Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Nouveau College Bird had ample space for the celebration of its 50th anniversary in Haiti’s capital city.
UMCOR Disaster Response Training Supports Methodists Worldwide
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has long been known in the US as the go-to organization for disaster response training.
ACT Alliance Responds to the Cholera Outbreak in Haiti
UMCOR is working with our partners to address the cholera outbreak in Haiti. Gifts to support UMCOR's work in Haiti can be made at www.umcorhaiti.org. UMCOR is a member partner of the ACT Alliance who is taking preventative measures to manage the crisis through its network.
Progress in Haiti
“UMCOR is in Haiti on behalf of the United Methodist Church, but more importantly, we are there for the people of Haiti,” said The Rev. Cynthia Fierro Harvey at the General Board of Global Ministries’ board meeting in Stamford, CT on October 11. Harvey is the head of The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), which is part of Global Ministries.
UMCOR Aids Farmers Hit by Haiti’s Earthquake
To increase food production in the earthquake-impacted areas of Haiti, United Methodists are supporting a project that will encourage farmers in the practice of “passing on the gift.”