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Browse breaking news, releases and announcements, and recent stories from the field where UMCOR’s non-governmental organization is at work providing relief and working with communities to rebuild lives.
A Place to Play
It sounds like child's play, but constructing a playground is serious business. After UMCOR rehabilitated the Pathalai Elementary School that serves 900 students in eastern Sri Lanka, the school principal asked UMCOR if they could develop a playground that would serve as a safe place for children in Pathalai and surrounding villages to play.
UMCOR Helps Those Displaced by Violence in Sri Lanka Return Home
Thousands of families from Trincomalee District who fled the outbreak of armed conflict in northeastern Sri Lanka in late July are leaving behind tent camps, schools, and places of worship, where they sought refuge over the past several weeks, to return home.
Sri Lanka Conflict: Notes from the Field
Throughout the past months rumors of a resurgence of conflict between the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have been a warning to the attacks that began in the north eastern town of Muttur on August 2. UMCOR, in partnership with the Methodist Church of Sri Lanka (MCSL), works in Muttur with a field office in nearby Trincomalee, reconstructing homes and infrastructure following the tsunami.
UMCOR Responds as Humanitarian Crisis in Sri Lanka Deepens
The humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka grows each day that the conflict between the Sri Lankan Army and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam continues. The United Methodist Committee on Relief in partnership with the Methodist Church of Sri Lanka along with Muslim Aid, a British agency, were the only organizations able to provide assistance in the early days of this crisis.
Marking the rebirth of the community in Karunkalicholai, Sri Lanka, UMCOR handed the keys to five houses constructed for tsunami and war survivors in this Eastern Sri Lanka town.
Hope for Sudan's Next Generation
During times of war, young people often miss out on the opportunity to receive an education. Sudan is one such country that has been plagued with wars for approximately 40 of its 50 years of independence. Many young people in both Darfur and South Sudan where UMCOR works have had few opportunities to go to school.