International Disaster Response
UMCOR responds to dozens of unsung disasters every year. UMCOR is there even when the news cameras are not. Whether it is the South Asia tsunami or cholera in Cameroon, UMCOR is there: sowing seeds of hope and empowering communities to step forward to a new and better future. UMCOR works to alleviate human suffering and to bring hope in seemingly hopeless situations.
Year after year UMCOR's greatest need is for funds that aid international emergency relief. While some disasters are popular in the media, which raises awareness and funding to assist in recovery, others go unheralded and therefore without the same resources to recover and rebuild. Media coverage or not, UMCOR responds and dispatches much-needed funding to relieve the immense human suffering that can occur in the wake of natural and human caused disasters.
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Burundi: Kayero Health Center
UMCOR works with United Methodists in Burundi to bring health and healing to some of the nation's most vulnerable people. The newly-reconstructed Kayero Health Center serves many people each day who were left without resources following a protracted war. Many of the patients are unable to pay for the center's services. The Kayero Health Center cares for anyone in need regardless of their ability to pay. Read more in the UMCOR Hotline.
Sierra Leone: Long Term Flood Response
Severe flooding last fall destroyed the homes and livelihoods of many in Sierra Leone. UMCOR sent an emergency grant at that time to help the United Methodist Church of Sierra Leone provide relief to communities there. They not only provided for immediate relief, they also helped families return to their pre-flood livelihood by providing boats and nets for fishing. This opened the doors to organizing fishing societies to help maximize their gains. Additionally, they helped a group of 12 women set up markets so they could sell their wares. Read more in the UMCOR Hotline.
DRC: Cholera Relief
Heavy and irregular rainfall in recent months has caused flooding in the North Katanga Conference in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The excess water has carried a cholera outbreak with it. The North Katanga Conference has developed a community-based plan to stop the spread of this deadly epidemic which includes distributing life-saving medicines. Read more in the UMCOR Hotline.