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International Disaster Response

In Peshawar, tents are loaded for transport into Afghanistan for family's displaced by the drought and violence.

When a natural or human-caused disaster strikes outside of the United States UMCOR serves as the primary channel for United Methodist assistance. UMCOR moves in concrete ways to ease human suffering and do whatever possible to restore normal life.

UMCOR works in partnership with Central Conferences of the United Methodist Church and other Methodist bodies, as well as other international relief agencies to implement programs directly in several regions around the world.

UMCOR is able to respond to disasters in areas where there is no United Methodist presence through partner organizations such as ACT Alliance and Church World Service. UMCOR works with both international and local aid organizations to provide the assistance people need to recover from disaster.

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Navigating a Landscape of Hope in Haiti
UMCOR knows that effective recovery from a catastrophe takes time. This has never been so true as it has been in Haiti; the destruction the earthquake caused is unprecedented, and our efforts in relief and recovery also must be unprecedented in terms of creativity, patience, and perseverance.


Indonesian Communities Rebuild through Creative Arts
Kopwan Inong Aceh, an Indonesian women’s cooperative supported by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), was represented at the fourth annual Indonesia Creative Products Exhibition in Jakarta.


Haiti Relief, Six Months after the Quake
During the half-year since an earthquake unleashed massive destruction in Haiti, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has been devoted to both providing immediate assistance to survivors and laying the groundwork for a large-scale, long-term recovery effort.


L’Eglise Methodiste d’Haiti Plans for the Future
In the midst of recovery following the January 12 earthquake that devastated much of Haiti, staff from the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) met with more than 25 leaders of the Methodist Church of Haiti (EMH) to strategize long-term development in the Caribbean nation.


People’s Stories Inspire Domestic Disaster Exec
It is people’s stories that inspire the Rev. F. Thomas Hazelwood, the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s executive in charge of domestic disaster response in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean.