- March 04, 2010
A weekly report of UMCOR's relief efforts in Haiti.
Please continue to be in prayer with the people in Haiti. Particularly as the rainy season begins, your continued partnership is important to provide shelter and provisions for those who have lost so much in the January 12 earthquake.
As of March 4, 2010:
- •$13.8 million has been received for UMCOR Haiti Relief
- •Please remember that 100% of your gifts to the Haiti Emergency will support the people in Haiti. UMCOR can do this because overhead costs are covered through the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS). This year’s OGHS offering is March 14.
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:
- •UMCOR consultant Rev. Jim Gulley, a survivor of the earthquake, attended the Methodist Church of Haiti (EMH) annual conference in Le Cayes. He delivered a statement and words of encouragement to the conference on behalf of UMCOR. The commitment of time, fiscal and human resources to the people of Haiti was central to the presentation.
- •UMCOR is supporting Global Health Action's (GHA) Community Health and Development Programs in the Leogane District of Haiti. GHA serves basic health and development needs of poor, rural Haitians, who often live in isolated communities and, even in the best of times, have limited access to services.
- • Anthony Jones, Emergency Consultant for UMCOR Haiti is attending UN cluster meetings and reports that standards for temporary shelters are being finalized. He reports, “The government has made it clear that they want very simple structures that will not become permanent shanty towns. . . Partners are conducting joint assessments with local authorities in each commune to identify land that can be used for temporary settlements.”
- •UMCOR contributed $50,000 to Action by Churches Together (ACT) Alliance to enhance the living conditions of the most vulnerable groups impacted by the earthquake in rural and urban areas. Ongoing support such as water, sanitation, shelter and food is helping relieve some of the every day pressures of more than 150,000 survivors of the earthquake.
- •Three United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) jurisdictional coordinators are in Haiti, representing UMCOR and UMVIM to reinforce connections with EMH. They attended EMH’s annual conference in Le Cayes, where they met with circuit superintendents to identify areas of greatest need and discuss how UMVIM and UMCOR might collaborate with them to meet the priorities the superintendents have defined. More than 2,000 volunteers are already mobilizing by filling out the Haiti volunteer registration form.
- •On March 11, UMCOR is hosting “Haiti Health: Moving toward a Long-Term Strategy.” Says UMCOR executive, Dr. Cherian Thomas, “In convening the meeting, UMCOR’s objectives are to listen to the experience and needs articulated by long-standing partners in the field of health care in Haiti, and refine our own health strategy to serve the Haitian people.” The meeting will be webcast at 10:00 a.m. (EST). Anyone with a Facebook account can join the conversation by signing into their accounts from the webcast page or on Twitter with the hashtag #haitihealth.
- •UMCOR Haiti has identified a need forlayette 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 Methodist Church of Puerto Rico donated $40,000 to UMCOR for Haiti relief efforts. Bishop Rafael Moreno-Rivas presented the check in person at UMCOR’s New York City office.
- • The Holston Conference raised more than $600,000 for UMCOR’s relief efforts in Haiti. They also have sent more than 20,000 health kits to UMCOR Sager Brown.
- •Encouraged by The Detroit Conference, First UMC in Birmingham, MI raised $33,000 for UMCOR’s Haiti relief efforts. A portion was used to purchase health kit supplies. The church assembled 2,430 health kits.
- •Gay Purcell learned about the need for birthing kits in Haiti through her church, Bethany UMC in Summerville, SC. A nursing instructor and midwife at Trident Technical College, Purcell led the Student Nursing Association to raise money and assemble 600 birthing kits.
- •Youth at California Heights UMC, Long Beach, CA. made health kits with items donated by the congregation. Sara Wong requested donations in lieu of birthday gifts at her 16th birthday and raised almost $900 for UMCOR Haiti Relief. Happy birthday, Sara!