UMCOR Directors Approve Funds for US and International Disasters
May 5, 2009, STAMFORD, CT—United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) directors approved $1.9 million in grants to provide long-term assistance for people in the US and Cuba who were affected by the 2008 hurricanes in their semi-annual meeting.
Hurricanes and tropical storms caused considerable damage in Florida, Louisiana and Texas during 2008. A series of hurricanes and storms ravaged Cuba in a matter of weeks, leaving the island nation devastated. UMCOR, through the General Board of Global Ministries, has received temporary licenses from the US Government to provide assistance through the Methodist Church in Cuba. These funds will go to support recovery efforts on the island.
Additional funds for recovery from floods earlier in the year were granted to the Dakotas Annual Conference to support the conference's preliminary response to the devastation caused by the spring floods.
UMCOR's work in Sri Lanka also received continued assistance through the directors' actions. The $159,928 in approved funds will support UMCOR's work to provide help in tsunami-affected regions of Sri Lanka where UMCOR assists many who are also affected by the continuing conflict in the region. Providing livelihoods training and support as well as improving infrastructure in the region helps to promote stability and revitalized communities.
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.