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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.
Trafficking Survivor Rediscovers a World of Beauty
Mariam* was just 15 years old when her parents married her to a man 20 years her senior. She worked day and night, a servant to her husband’s extended family, and was not allowed to sleep until her husband came home.
Armenia: Gaining a New Perspective towards HIV Aids
United Methodist Committee on Relief in Armenia (UMCOR Armenia) is combating the spread of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) by raising awareness in local communities, increasing access to screenings and treatment through mobile medical teams, and training local healthcare practitioners.
World Food Day
Food is a daily challenge for Armenia’s institutionalized children and people who are elderly.
UMCOR Armenia Receives Grant from State Department
Thanks to a generous grant, there is new hope for people in Armenia who are subjected to human trafficking. The United Methodist Committee on Relief's non-governmental organization (UMCOR-NGO), received $90,000 to work with law enforcement officials, strengthening their response to trafficking throughout the country.
Living in poor economic conditions as a single mother of three, Mariam had reached the end of her rope.
Supporting Mothers and their Infants in Georgia
During the war in South Ossetia, Georgia in 2008, Nino Kristesiashvili and her family were forced to flee their home in Eredvi, located at the center of the conflict zone. The Kristesiashvili’s home was completely destroyed and Nino’s mother-in-law was trapped in the ruins.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is empowering more than 900 displaced special needs children in the Republic of Georgia.
Water and Sanitation Education Improve Health
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is helping bring better health to children in 31 schools in Aceh Province, Indonesia, through innovative water and sanitation programs. Over the last year approximately 72,550 people have benefited from these efforts.
Soybeans and Sewing Machines Help Conflict Survivors in Sri Lanka
Bombed out homes stand empty next to verdant rice paddies throughout the eastern Sri Lankan countryside.
A Hope that Brings Healing
Sounds of painful groans, a child kept from school, and a violent strike from an ex-husband. Life has been far from easy for Layla Ismailova* who lives in the Khirdalan district of Baku in Azerbaijan.