UMCOR Directors Approve More than $4 Million for Disaster Response
More than $4 million in funds to support relief and development programs in the US and overseas were approved by the United Methodist Committee on Relief's board of directors at their fall meeting October 13-17. This was the first meeting of UMCOR's new board of directors for the 2009-2012 quadrennium.
Approximately half of those funds approved will go towards ongoing Katrina and Rita recovery programs in the Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas Annual Conferences. These funds designated to recovery from the 2005 hurricanes will provide support the annual conference hurricane recovery ministries that provide ongoing support to survivors struggling to get back on their feet after these devastating storms.
UMCOR directors responded to flooding and storm damage in the Southwest Texas and Oregon-Idaho Annual Conferences as well. Both conferences were hit by terrible storms over the last year. UMCOR is providing needed support to the conferences as they continue to help storm survivors recover.
Women and children in South Sudan will also benefit through the board's actions. A grant approved to UMCOR's office in South Sudan will fund continued work constructing permanent primary school classrooms. The program also provides community and social support for the primary schools through forming PTAs, teacher training, and school supplies.
A health component of the grant will supply schools with a health education program and provide livelihood assistance for women and vulnerable youths. South Sudan is recovering from more than 20 years of civil war.
UMCOR directors also approved funds to respond to the flooding in Orissa, India through local partner Church's Auxilliary for Social Action (CASA) and for continued recovery from the massive Cyclone Nargis that devastated Myanmar (Burma). This work will also be carried out by partner organizations.
UMCOR is the not-for-profit global humanitarian aid organization of the United Methodist Church. UMCOR is working in more than 80 countries worldwide, including the United States. Our mission, grounded in the teachings of Jesus, is to alleviate human suffering-whether caused by war, conflict or natural disaster, with open hearts and minds to all people.
UMCOR responds to natural or civil disasters that are interruptions of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community's ability to recover on its own.