- May 04, 2011
An update of UMCOR’s relief and recovery efforts in Haiti.
The board of directors of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) approved three large grants for Haiti at their semiannual meeting, held in Stamford, Connecticut.
Two of the grants support UMCOR partners working in the area of decentralized, integrated, community-driven health care. Decentralizing health care is a priority of the Haitian government, since the January 2010 earthquake drove many survivors from the capital, Port-au-Prince.
“It is important to create a system of medical access and referral—to bring health care to the people where they are,” said UMCOR International Disaster Response executive, Melissa Crutchfield.
A third grant provides scholarship assistance to 12 Haitian students and supports them both in their professional studies and in their leadership development.
At the board meeting, UMCOR staff announced that they would convene a Health Strategy Forum in Haiti from May 3 to 5, bringing together partners in the field with the aim to develop a long-term health strategy in post-earthquake Haiti.
During the last week of April, UMCOR also called together potential partners for a Forum on Reconstruction and Pure-Water Supply in Haiti. The upshot of the meeting will be to develop a holistic pilot project in two villages that would benefit 40 families.
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April 2011 Grants Approved
UMCOR funding for the following programs was approved by the Board of Directors in April.
- • IMA World Health, $300,000
This grant supports the Haiti ACCorD project, which will establish a decentralized, integrated, community-driven health and development program in the Grand Rivière du Nord/Bahon area.
- • Global Health Action, $200,000
This grant allows the GHA to continue implementation of its long-term community health program in Leogane District, the epicenter of the January 2010 earthquake.
- • Scholarship Office of Mission and Evangelism, Global Ministries, $130,040
This grant provides scholarship assistance to 12 Haitian students, six of them new students and six who received help before the earthquake. It supports their professional studies and leadership development.
- • Eglise Methodiste d’Haiti (EMH), $64,784.02
This grant supports EMH’s efforts to convert a damaged building at its College Methodiste de Freres (CMF) primary and secondary school into kindergarten classrooms. The kindergarten will attract children to education while they are young, and CMF will continue to educate them as they grow.
- • Eglise Methodiste d’Haiti, $17,694
This grant underwrites the costs of preparing Forum on Reconstruction and Pure Water Supply in Haiti, in which providers will present their ideas and experience and appropriate solutions will be matched with specific needs in two communities, benefiting 40 families.
- • Elise Methodiste d’Haiti, $4,500
This grant underwrites the costs of the Health Strategy Forum related to the provision of hospitality.
- • Church of the Resurrection, $48,412
This grant facilitates the implementation, on behalf of EMH, of an internet initiative in Petit Goave, Haiti, to serve EMH facilities, including the EMH guest house, office, and the 600 students of Brakeman College.
- • Eglise Methodiste d’Haiti, $5,875
This grant funds the repair of roofs of an EMH school, three churches, and 11 individual family homes that were damaged during Hurricane Tomás in November 2010.