- February 26, 2010
A weekly report of UMCOR's relief efforts in Haiti.
“The response of the church has been remarkable and generous,” said Bishop Joel Martinez, interim general secretary of the General Board of Global Ministries. This ongoing support will allow UMCOR “to be there in Haiti for the long haul,” Bishop Martinez underscored. Please continue to be in prayer with the people of Haiti and know that your support is critical.
As of February 26, 2010:
- •Nearly $13 million has been received for UMCOR Haiti Relief
- •A number of conference treasurers have indicated that they are processing church offerings that will be forwarded to UMCOR in the next few weeks.
UMCOR has begun implementation of a five-year work plan that contemplates three phases of assistance to Haiti: emergency, recovery and rehabilitation.
This week’s highlights include:
- •Anthony Jones, Emergency Consultant in Haiti, is working with the UN through cluster meetings to organize UMCOR activities in relation to other organizations in Haiti.
- •To subsidize the Methodist Guest House in Haiti until volunteers can begin staying there, UMCOR is providing two months salary to the guest house staff.
- •UMCOR is working with Haitian Artisans for Peace International (HAPI) to provide immediate infrastructure improvements, including water and sanitation, to meet the needs of displaced rural families in Mizak.
- •Hiring and sending key staff for the office in Haiti
- •Livelihoods Coordinator (Haiti) position is posted
- •Haiti Desk Officer (NY) position is posted
- •In the spirit of collaboration, representatives from UMCOR and GBGM Mission Volunteers met with Volunteers in Mission (VIM) Jurisdictional Coordinators in Florida on Wednesday who were preparing to travel to Haiti. The VIM coordinators are representing United Methodist volunteers and UMCOR, working with the Methodist Church of Haiti to assess and prioritize the future work of volunteers. The team discussed the challenges of transportation and housing for volunteers as well as the enormity of work.
- •With recent reports indicating that 75 percent of the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, will need to be rebuilt; volunteers soon will be needed to go to Haiti . Volunteer teams are beginning to mobilize by filling out the registration form.
- •The team in Haiti has identified a need for layette kits and birthing kits to address the basic needs of babies born in displaced persons camps in Haiti. Volunteers have been preparing kits to send to Haiti.
- • The Cote d’Ivoire Annual Conference of United Methodist Church: held a remembrance and offerings service in response to the earthquake in Haiti.
- •The California-Nevada Annual Conference: contributed $246,203.70 so far to the Western Jurisdiction's Lenten project, "Operation Resurrection 2010."
- •James Taylor, on behalf of Soucie Trucking in Cambridge, Neb.: volunteered to pick up health kits at locations throughout the Nebraska and Iowa Annual Conferences. The company donated the truck and fuel and Taylor hauled nearly 17,000 health kits to the UMCOR Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin, La.
- •Grotto Pizza in Delaware: contributed $24,744 through pizza sales to Haiti Relief through UMCOR. Laura H. McCann, Grotto's director of employee and community relations is a member of St. John's United Methodist Church in Seaford, Del.
- •Hallelujahs for Haiti: Joint concert sponsored by Sugar Loaf United Methodist Church, Caffe A La Mode and A Music Place in Sugar Loaf, NY raised more than $2,800 for UMCOR’s Haiti relief efforts.