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News & Features Archives 2009

December 2009


November 2009


October 2009


September 2009

  • World Food Day—Young Adults Learn Farm Management
    Food is a daily challenge for Armenia’s institutionalized children and people who are elderly.
  • UMCOR Responds to Philippines Typhoon
    The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Philippines is working with its local partners including Action by Churches Together (ACT) and the National Council of Churches to provide relief to those affected by Typhoon Ketsana, also called Ondoy, in the Philippines.
  • Nuturing Gifts
    The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is empowering more than 900 displaced special needs children in the Republic of Georgia.

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April 2009

  • UMCOR West Prepares to Officially Open
    Volunteers have been hard at work preparing the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) West Office and Depot for the grand opening on May 30 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • UMCOR Responds to Needs in Sri Lanka
    The United Methodist Committee on Relief Non-Governmental Organization (UMCOR NGO) is on the ground in Sri Lanka, working with other humanitarian aid organizations to emergency assistance to those who are escaping conflict.
  • Methodists Provide Compassionate Response in Myanmar
    While much of the world watched in horror after Cyclone Nargis devastated southern Myanmar (Burma), the Methodist Church (Lower Myanmar) MC(LM) sprang into action—providing ministries of healing, food, shelter and counseling to people in great need.
  • The Long Road Home: Allen Zomonway’s Community-Based Efforts to Prevent Malaria
    Allen Zomonway tackles the problems of malaria and other community health needs with passion.
  • Immigrants Find Legal Help at Clinic
    The 18-year-old woman in Katherine Esquivel’s office is hunched over the table and nervously wringing her hands. She speaks almost no English and hesitates to utter the few words she does know.
  • Increasing Health through Leadership and Infrastructure-Building
    A recent meeting of bishops and United Methodist health care leaders in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, has led to major capacity-building efforts throughout the Central Conferences in Africa through the assistance and support of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).
  • Latin American, Caribbean and US Churches Explore New Ways of Being in Mission Together
    More than 100 Methodist leaders from Latin America, Caribbean and the United States gathered in Mexico City, March 24-27, to strengthen relationships through sending and receiving volunteers and when responding to local disasters.
  • Self-Sufficient Farming
    Doña Ana Lucia Bañol is a single mother who struggled to raise five children on her own. Originally from the city, Bañol moved to Riosucio, a town in the State of Chocó, Colombia where she heard about ASPROCAFE, a fair trade coffee co-operative, in hopes of finding a better way to support herself and her family.

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January 2009

  • Cleaning Buckets a Tangible Expression of Care
    “Cleaning buckets” bring hope to survivors in all types of disaster situations, including fires, earthquakes and floods.
  • Journey to Hope
    Chuma is among millions of Zimbabweans who crossed the border into South Africa in search of a place of refuge and a better life.
  • UMCOR Responds to Gaza Relief Needs
    With a tentative cease-fire holding between Israel and Hamas, humanitarian organizations are stepping up their assistance to Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip.
  • Raise an Eco-Palm Branch
    Anna Sentana lives in the town of Carmelita, Guatemala where she and her community rely on the harvesting, processing, and selling of palms for their livelihood.
  • UMCOR’s 100-Ton Challenge is Over Halfway Mark
    Since the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) issued its 100-Ton Challenge for United Methodists to increase their purchases of fairly traded goods on World Fair Trade Day 2008, 56.5 tons have been purchased towards this goal.
  • United Methodists Look to Assist Civilians in Gaza
    United Methodists are trying to assist with the ongoing need for aid to civilians caught in the war zone of the Gaza Strip.
  • Generous Donations Bring Healing to Zimbabwe
    United Methodist health facilities in Zimbabwe remain open in the face of the country's burgeoning health and economic crises.
  • Grace Empowers African American Community
    GRACE Community Services (Generating Resource Awareness through Disaster Case Management and Education) has been involved in many powerful ministries since Hurricane Katrina roared across the Gulf Coast in August 2005.
  • Brooklyn Church Offers a Warm Welcome to Hundreds of Immigrants
    When Pastor Pauline Wardell-Sankoh came to John Wesley United Methodist Church in 2000, she did not realize the extent of passion for immigration justice that had begun to take root a year earlier.