UMCOR Haiti Digest
An update of UMCOR’s relief and recovery efforts in Haiti.
Heavy concrete that in homes and buildings in Haiti divided one storey from another was meant to protect the constructions and those who lived or labored in them from severe storms. During last year’s earthquake, however, it became one of the leading causes of the great loss of life.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) understood that it would be of no use to the Haitian people to simply rebuild in the same way. Rather, it was important to find innovative ways to rebuild homes and make them safer and stronger than they were before.
In May, the Rev. Jim Gulley, who serves as UMCOR and General Board of Global Ministries coordinator in Haiti, reported on the Reconstruction and Pure-Water Supply Forum that was held April 26 – 29 in Petionville, Haiti, to address the issue.
UMCOR, Eglise Methodiste d’Haiti (Methodist Church of Haiti), and United Methodist Volunteers in Mission sponsored the event that will lead to the development of pilot projects in two communities to build a total of 40 permanent homes, using innovative designs and construction materials.
Construction proposals are currently under review, and partners will be selected by June 21. Ground is expected to be broken by July 1 and the pilot projects completed by December 31. Read more.
New Personnel at UMCOR Haiti
Elizabeth Petheo, formerly of the World Bank, will be the new head of mission at UMCOR Haiti, beginning July 1. Saory Pon joined the staff as finance director in May, and Corrie Kramer will come on as coordinator of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene in July.
School Kits Distributed
Nearly 3,000 UMCOR school kits were distributed over the past month to students in schools in Tabarre Issa community; one school director commented he didn’t know how he would have begun the school year without the assistance UMCOR brought to the community. UMCOR health and teacher kits were also distributed in Corail resettlement camp.
UMCOR Haiti Digest to Publish Semiannually
After this edition, the UMCOR Haiti Digest will next be published in late September 2011 and then semiannually.
UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit umcor.org. You can donate to any project by placing a contribution in the offering plate at a local United Methodist church; by sending a check to UMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087-9068; or by calling 1-800-554-8583, where credit card donations are accepted. You can also give online by clicking on any of the "Give Now" links. UMCOR is exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States and qualifies for the maximum charitable contribution deduction by donors.
And, please pray for those who are hungry, displaced, sick or in poverty because of these and other natural and human-made disasters, and for the workers who minister to them.
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May 2011 Grants Approved
UMCOR funding for the following programs was approved by the Board of Directors in May.
- Eglise Methodiste d’Haiti, $600.00
This grant underwrites a site visit by UMCOR’s church liaison to the Cap Haitien Circuit to conduct a needs assessment. EMH has several projects that need support in this region, including an agricultural school and a microcredit program.