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29 Nov 2011 description


The distribution of 200 UMCOR-funded heaters came like a “miracle” to earthquake survivors in the villages of Ermisler, Akcift, and 17 remote settlements outside the city of Van in Turkey, according to UMCOR’s implementing partner there, International Blue Crescent (IBC).

Families who received the heaters had lost all their belongings, including livestock and harvests, when earthquakes rocked the region on October 23 and November 9. Most are living in makeshift barracks, tents, or prefabricated compounds near their destroyed or damaged homes.

02 Nov 2011 description



The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is providing immediate relief to the survivors of the October 23 earthquake in eastern Turkey and helping to lay a foundation for longer-term recovery.

UMCOR partner International Blue Crescent will distribute blankets, medicines, food relief packets, tarpaulins, and other much-needed items among survivors of the 7.2-magnitude quake that so far has taken the lives of 523 people, with hundreds more still trapped beneath the rubble.

18 Oct 2011 description


With the onset of winter this month in the Himalayan region of India, thousands of families left homeless and traumatized by the September 18 earthquake there are becoming increasingly vulnerable.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is working with partner Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA-India), a member of ACT Alliance, to provide urgently needed relief supplies to 1,000 of those families in Sikkim state.

31 Aug 2011 description

August 31, 2011— As you drive east from Nairobi, the Kenyan countryside becomes progressively drier. Long grass becomes yellow and eventually disappears. Bare, reddish soil is all you can see in the barren fields.

This is the East African drought, a vast disaster stretching across Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, and beyond. Two years with scarcely any rain have withered fields and pastures, putting more than 12 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.

03 Aug 2011 description

United Methodist Missionary Paul Jeffrey recently returned from the Dadaab refugee complex in Kenya, where he had traveled for ACT Alliance, as a member of the ACT Alliance Rapid Support Team, and for UMCOR. Read his observations on the severe drought that daily brings 1,300 refugees and displaced people to the camps.

11 May 2010 description



An international coalition of Methodist and ecumenical church groups have formed a partnership with the Methodist Church of Haiti (EMH) to address long-term development objectives in response to the crisis in Haiti.

Representatives met in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, April 19-22 for a roundtable discussion of EMH-defined priorities.

The priorities continue and expand work already under discussion in Port-au-Prince the very day of the earthquake, January 12, by representatives of some of the same groups present at …

05 Jan 2010 description



Typhoon Ketsana destroyed, damaged or flooded more than 396,000 homes across the Central and Central Highland areas of Vietnam in late September.

17 Oct 2009 description

A UMNS Report

By Linda Bloom*

United Methodist Bishop Thomas Bickerton keeps a $10 bill in his pocket so he can demonstrate how little money it takes to protect an African household from malaria.

But the roving ambassador for the denomination's involvement in the Nothing But Nets project, a joint effort with the United Nations Foundations and other groups, has a much larger goal than the millions of bed nets that have been sent to Africa.

Bickerton, who is chairperson of the Global Health Initiative for the United Methodist Council of Bishops, seeks nothing less than the …

11 Aug 2009 description



UMCOR's Philippine office which opened at the end of July is already in full swing providing assistance after two typhoons struck Zambales, a province in the Central Luzon region of the country. UMCOR staff members are assessing the situation with local partners including Kapaatiran-Kaunlaran Foundation Inc. (KKFI), formerly the Methodist Social Center, an organization the works with the poor.

19 Aug 2008 description


UMCOR Georgia delivered $190,600 in medicines and medical supplies to hospitals throughout Georgia, as well as emergency food supplies to those affected by the recent conflict.

The delivery of antibiotics, syringes, sterile gloves and other items were part of two US Government-sponsored airlifts for humanitarian assistance that arrived in Georgia on Aug. 13 and 14. UMCOR is coordinating the distribution of the medical supplies. On Aug.

29 Jul 2008 description



UMCOR is responding with an emergency grant to help the Southwest Texas Annual Conference and others recover from Hurricane Dolly which made landfall in the southwest coastal region of Texas on July 23.

The storm, which was later downgraded from hurricane status to a tropical storm, blew 100 mph winds across southern Texas leaving hundreds of thousands without power and forcing about 3,000 people into temporary shelters.

28 Feb 2008 description

NEW YORK, Feb. 28, 2008- As the conflict in Kenya continues and the nation's leaders struggle to find a path to peace, United Methodists are bringing comfort to those left most vulnerable by the conflict. In a recent visit to Busia, Uganda, where more than 1,000 Kenyans are seeking refuge in a primary school, Bishop Felton E.

19 Feb 2008 description



The continued violence in Kenya has displaced hundreds of thousands of people and has disrupted the food supply, as reported in a Feb. 14 news release by the United Methodist News Service. UMCOR is appealing to United Methodists everywhere to donate money to help bolster the food supply in Kenya that is quickly being consumed.

Since early January, UMCOR has assisted more than 10,000 people in the region, but food supplies are quickly diminishing due to high demand.

15 Feb 2008 description

By Linda Bloom

Continued violence in Kenya has displaced hundreds of thousands of citizens and disrupted the food supply in parts of that African nation.

Stockpiled food has quickly disappeared, and the United Methodist Committee on Relief is appealing to United Methodists to donate money to bolster the food supply. UMCOR has spent $120,000 on relief needs in Kenya since early January, assisting more than 10,000 people in the region.

"There's just not enough food to feed people," said the Rev. Sam Dixon, UMCOR chief executive, in a Feb.

14 Jan 2008 description


UMCOR is helping Church World Service in bringing relief to thousands of women and children displaced by the recent post-election violence in Kenya through the distribution of basic supplies.

Emergency assistance will go to the most affected groups in this conflict, especially those living in internally displaced camps.

09 Jan 2008 description

NEW YORK,  9 January 2008-More than a week of violence following disputed elections has left the lives of many Kenyans in shambles. Nearly 200,000 people have been displaced by the crisis-many of them fleeing to neighboring Uganda.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief is working to bring supplies and shelter for the displaced. UMCOR is assisting the East Africa Conference in their efforts to provide food and shelter to Kenyans who have fled to Uganda. Schools, churches and other structures are being used as shelters both in Kenya and Uganda.

09 Jan 2008 description


Violence throughout Kenya following disputed elections at the end of 2007 has displaced thousands and killed hundreds of people. UMCOR is working with the East Africa Annual Conference, United Methodist missionaries and others to bring needed supplies and assistance to affected areas.

Please pray for those affected by the outbreak of violence.

13 Nov 2006 description



Life is slowly returning to normal for children at the Souane Elementary School in Lebanon. These young survivors are still recovering from the 34-day conflict with Israel that damaged their school, many of their homes, and their psyches. UMCOR is partnering with Action by Churches Together members to repair some 23 schools damaged in the conflict.

Member organizations are also giving assistance to nearly 3,000 families and 30 villages as well as providing psychosocial care for survivors.