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20 May 2015 description

Enough food—and a sense of trust

By Susan Kim*

May 14, 2015—In the rural communities surrounding Kamina, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), about 500 people have been able to pull themselves out of malnutrition by working with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and Foods Resource Bank (FRB) to improve their access to nutritious food and a balanced diet.

29 Apr 2015 description

By David Tereshchuk*

April 28, 2015—Kasungami settlement, in southeast Democratic Republic of the Congo, is home to displaced people who have fled conflict further north. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is working with a local partner there to help residents transform their refuge into a healthy and productive home.

Three-quarters of Kasungami’s households make their living by cultivating small parcels of land. Few of them, though, are self-sufficient in food. More than half the population is under the age of 15.

23 Sep 2014 description

By Julia Kayser Frisbie*

September 22, 2014—Beatrice Monga is a mother of seven who lives in Kamina, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). At this time last year, her situation was desperate, but through her hard work and dedication, with support from the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), she and her family are now thriving and helping others to do the same.

03 Jun 2014 description

Improvements to the water supply in North Katanga Province, Democratic Republic of Congo, will help communities combat waterborne diseases such as cholera.

By David Tereshchuk *

June 3, 2014—The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) may seem to have had more than enough misfortune. While significant progress has been made since a massive, five-year military confrontation—which came to be known as “Africa’s World War”—began in 1997, challenges remain.

03 Feb 2014 description

In DR Congo, thousands of children under age five die from preventable diseases such as malaria and diarrhea. Four new episcopal health boards in North Katanga, South Congo, Central Congo, and East Congo are receiving training to develop healthcare strategies to address critical health needs such as these in their respective regions.

By Ted Warnock and Julia Kayser

27 Jun 2013 description

By Linda Unger*

June 27, 2013—Gaston Ntambo, pilot for the United Methodist Wings of the Morning aviation ministry in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, will begin his weeklong journey home from the United States tomorrow. He will be flying a refurbished Cessna Grand Caravan—a 14-seat airplane that will greatly enhance his ministry of transporting critically ill or injured passengers from remote corners of the Congo to medical care in the city of Lubumbashi. Follow Ntambo’s flight here.

20 Jun 2013 description

By David Tereshchuk*

June 20, 2013—Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to zero in on just one embattled African country, has seen few areas of its life suffer as severely through decades of warfare than its hospitals.

In so much of the world, hospitals can simply be taken for granted—but that is not so in DRC.

28 May 2013 description

By David Tereshchuk*

May 28, 2013—Even as armed conflict continues in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and its partners in development there press forward with bold efforts to combat appalling levels of poverty and poor health, not least in the rural area of Kamina.

30 Apr 2013 description

By David Tereshchuk*

April 30, 2013—For two decades or more, violent conflict has wreaked immeasurable harm upon life in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Despite a formal agreement last February to bring an end to what had been called “Africa’s World War” (since it drew in nine African countries), the effects of the violence have not been lifted from the Congolese people’s daily experience.

25 Jan 2013 description

January 25, 2013—The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is honored to announce that it has been chosen as a sub-recipient for a grant of more than $1.3 million from The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The grant will support UMCOR’s work to combat malaria and HIV/AIDS in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where the organization has worked for more than a decade.

15 Oct 2012 description

October 15, 2012—It is now 10 years since UMCOR (the United Methodist Committee on Relief) established an office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Against daunting odds and facing many extreme challenges, UMCOR DRC and their local and international partners have worked hard to help improve Congolese lives and livelihoods.

A vicious war that spanned two decades—a conflict often described as “Africa’s World War” as it involved armies and militias representing at least nine countries—has had a devastating impact on the DRC.

12 Dec 2011 description

By Judith Santiago*

In 1974, Guy Kasanka experienced a major turning point in his life when he was hospitalized for malaria near his hometown of Bukama in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). That was when he decided to become a doctor. After receiving special medical care from hospital staff and witnessing firsthand the nurses’ attentiveness, Kasanka felt compelled to help others recover from malaria just as he had. The hospitality he received as a young man was a defining moment that seemed to lift the burden of malaria that had afflicted him time and time again.

22 Nov 2011 description

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THAILAND: FLOOD RELIEF

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is supporting the efforts of Church World Service, who is working closely with the Church of Christ in Thailand (CCT) to provide relief in the wake of record-breaking floods in the country. The grant will provide immediate relief and recovery support to 22,400 flood affected by providing food, non-food items and shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene, and livelihood recovery.

11 Oct 2011 description

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SOMALIA: FOOD FOR HUNGRY CHILDREN

As the Horn of Africa faces its worst drought in more than 60 years, fully 70 percent of children under five years old who are living in camps for the internally displaced near Mogadishu, Somalia, are severely malnourished.

In Somalia, the effects of the drought and the ability of aid agencies to reach those in need are further complicated by lawlessness and a violent rebellion.

04 Nov 2010 description

November 4, 2010-During the war, Kabongo was a field of violence. Located in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), communities in and around Kabongo lived under the constant threat of the Congolese army and rebel groups who pillaged, raped, burned homes, and confiscated food rations. Almost 3,500 females were raped by soldiers, militiamen and civilians during the first six months of 2009, according to the United Nations.

20 Apr 2010 description

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CHINA: EARTHQUAKE ROCKS QINGHAI PROVINCE

The death toll continues to rise after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck Qinghai Province in China on Wednesday morning, April 14.

15 Apr 2010 description

April 15, 2010-More than 16,000 households in Zimbabwe will benefit from the distribution of maize meal by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and the United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe.

"The humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe has slightly improved, but the country faces substantial cereal deficit," said Thomas Dwyer, executive director of UMCOR-NGO, the unit of the relief agency working with the church in Zimbabwe to distribute the food.

A grant of $214,564 for a continuing food assistance program in the southern African country was approved on April 14 by …

30 Mar 2010 description

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DR CONGO: WORLD MALARIA DAY

Mawazo, 27, lives in a small village near the town of Kamina in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). She gave birth to her first child a year after her marriage, but over the next six years Mawazo miscarried four times. Each miscarriage was preceded by a debilitating high fever, most likely caused by malaria.

Malaria, a preventable, treatable disease, is one of the main causes of mortality and morbidity among pregnant women and young children in DRC.

16 Mar 2010 description

DR CONGO: VULNERABLE CHILDREN RECEIVE CARE

Asha and Kosey, two young siblings (though these are not their real names) were orphaned in their native Democratic Republic of Congo when their parents were killed in that country's ongoing civil war.