News & Features
Browse UMCOR’s breaking news, releases and announcements, and recent stories from the field.
Myanmar: Emergency Response Training Program Builds Future Leaders
It is potentially one of the least interesting aspects of humanitarian work: disaster response training. But according to director, Ngwe Thein, ongoing training and cooperative learning efforts for young people are critical to the future of Myanmar
Emerging from the Floods in Pakistan
“The people who were very poor in Pakistan were made poorer by last year’s flooding there,” said David Sadoo, International Disaster Response executive for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). “Lay that natural disaster on top of already existing security issues, and it’s a very difficult situation.”
HIV in Myanmar: “I am not useless”
In a country where the challenges for the poor can seem unfathomably complex, one of the brightest spots can be found in the vision of an unlikely leader: Naw Shé Wah.
Myanmar: Empowering Sex Workers to Prevent HIV
Ma Thaw is a local community activist in Yangon, Myanmar. She uses drama and her network of friends to promote health and reverse discrimination in her community.
UMCOR Armenia Anti-Human-Trafficking Project FAQ
UMCOR’s victim assistance program in Armenia is the only program in the country that provides long-term, comprehensive reintegration services to women, children, and men victims of human trafficking.
Moringa, the “Miracle Tree” is launched in Sierra Leone
Imagine a tree in your backyard that meets all your nutritional needs, takes care of you medicinally, and purifies your water for you. This tree actually exists.
A Place to Call Home
During the 1980s, Juma Gul and his family fled to Pakistan from Afghanistan, hoping to escape violence and war. Just over three years ago, the family returned to their village in Kabul province. When they did, they found their home had been destroyed, as had local water sources for agriculture and livestock.
Investing in Life: A Microcredit Program in Haiti
For about 18 years, Eglise Methodiste d’Haiti (EMH, Methodist Church of Haiti) has operated a microcredit program in the town of Petit Goave, 43 miles from Port-au-Prince, in Haiti.
A Big Day for Haitian Children
Last Wednesday was a “big day” for the field office of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) in Haiti—and an even bigger day for 700 Haitian children who now have the opportunity to continue their education.
Ending Human Trafficking, One Life at a Time
Alisa* fell prey to a human trafficker in her hometown in Armenia. She was just 20 years old and the single mother of a nine-month-old baby. The trafficker forced Alisa into prostitution by threatening to kidnap her young child if she did not do as he said. He kept her enslaved and took all the money she made.
Emergency Continues in Brazil
At least 20,000 people have been forced from their homes or left homeless by the intense rains that provoked deadly mudslides in the state of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. According to authorities, at least 806 people were killed and as many as 300 remain missing.
Flooding Affects Nearly One Million in Sri Lanka
Nearly a million people have been affected by severe flooding in Sri Lanka since a monsoon began to pelt the island nation on December 26.
Trafficking Survivor Rediscovers a World of Beauty
Mariam* was just 15 years old when her parents married her to a man 20 years her senior. She worked day and night, a servant to her husband’s extended family, and was not allowed to sleep until her husband came home.
Compassionate Companionship: An interview with Rev. James L. Gulley
The Rev. James L. Gulley is an agricultural consultant for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). In January 2010, he was visiting Haiti with a small delegation representing UMCOR and United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) when the earthquake struck.
The Recovery Tightrope in Haiti
Over the course of the year since the earthquake in Haiti, the work of recovery there has advanced like a tightrope walker along a taut chord. Go too fast, and the acrobat loses his footing, falls into the net, and has to start again. Go too slow, and the patience of observers wears thin. The only sure way to advance is to walk deliberately, setting one foot in front of the other, eyes forward, and maintaining balance.