Relief to Myanmar
NEW YORK, May 12, 2008—"The United Methodist Committee on Relief is persistently pursuing all avenues to provide relief in Myanmar," said Sam Dixon, UMCOR’s top executive. "The faith-based disaster response community is working closely together to bring relief to those suffering following Cyclone Nargis, and it’s working," Dixon continued.
UMCOR’s primary partners in this response are part of the Action by Churches Together network of church and faith-based agencies. Partners have been able to distribute water purification tablets, food, and materials for shelter reconstruction into Myanmar.
UMCOR is providing funding support to partners who are bringing relief to the people of Myanmar. UMCOR ensures that its assistance is delivered directly to those who need it most.
Survivors Face Severe Food Shortages
Recovery from this cyclone, the worst to hit the region since 1991, will require both immediate and long-term response. UMCOR’s partners are currently focused on meeting the immediate needs of survivors while also keeping an eye towards long-term needs.
According to the World Food Program only half the rice needed to sufficiently feed 750,000 survivors for the next three months is available in country. This, in an area in which nearly a third of the population suffered malnutrition before the cyclone. Post-cyclone inflation for basic necessities has only compounded the problem.
"Assistance is not only needed now, but will be for many months to come," said Dixon of the current response.
Food shortages are one of many crises facing survivors. Lack of clean water, shelter and proper medical care are all serious concerns. UMCOR’s partners are doing all they can to address these needs now and in the future.
How You Can Help
Please continue to pray for the cyclone survivors and for additional venues for assistance to be opened to help those in need. Financial gifts will allow UMCOR to respond immediately and with generosity when the appropriate structures are in place to receive further assistance.