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- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2015
- Tropical Cyclone Hellen - Mar 2014
- Mozambique: Floods - Jan 2013
- Tropical Storm Irina - Mar 2012
- Mozambique: Storms and Floods - Jan 2012
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2011
The United Methodist Church in Mozambique is responding to the flooding that has devastated communities in the southern part of the country with a new emergency plan to assist more than 140,000 affected families.
The Rev. Joao Sambo, an Africa University graduate and pastor of Liberdade United Methodist Church in Maputo, was appointed head of a task force on relief by United Methodist Bishop Joaquina Nhanala on Jan. 28.
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 …
A recent meeting of bishops and United Methodist health care leaders in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, has led to major capacity-building efforts throughout the Central Conferences in Africa through the assistance and support of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).
By Linda Bloom
When June Kim recently visited Ghana as an executive with the United Methodist Committee on Relief, she asked people there if they were aware of a worldwide food crisis.
They were not, but acknowledged to Kim that the price of a cup of rice had doubled in the past year. Prices for fuel, materials and labor also had risen.
UMCOR is addressing the food crisis in Ghana and other parts of Africa through its Sustainable Agriculture and Development Program.
DRC: SUPPORTING GIRLS EDUCATION
Growing up without a parent, living in a single-headed household, displaced by war, physical disabilities and poverty are all factors preventing young girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo from receiving a good education. But through UMCOR's Girls' Scholarship Program, more than 2,000 girls have a chance for a brighter future.
UMCOR is providing tuition, school fees, uniforms, school supplies and materials to help them achieve the best education possible.
MOZAMBIQUE: FLOOD RECOVERY
The rains continue to add to the already devastating flood situation in Mozambique and eastern parts of Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. UMCOR is at work with Action by Churches Together and the Mozambique Annual Conference to address the immediate humanitarian concerns.
UMCOR is providing seeds and necessary mosquito nets as the threat of malaria outbreaks arises.
PERU: EARTHQUAKE RECOVERY CONTINUES
UMCOR continues to support Action by Churches Together, an international relief alliance, to bring assistance to families affected by the massive earthquake that destroyed several cities in Peru on Aug.15.
One hundred temporary emergency shelters have been provided and families are actively constructing their own shelters using local materials. Food kits were distributed to 250 families and psychological care services are being given to 500 children through recreational activities which help the children cope with their trauma.
SOLOMON ISLANDS: TSUNAMI RESPONSE
UMCOR partner Action by Churches Together continues to assess the situation in the Solomon Islands to determine the best way to provide immediate and long-term relief for the thousands left homeless by this disaster. The remote locations of the areas most in need pose serious challenges in responding to the disaster. UMCOR will provide assistance to any relief effort provided by our partners through ACT.
MOZAMBIQUE: FLOOD RECOVERY
More than 250,000 people have been displaced by flooding in Mozambique, according to the United Methodist Church of Mozambique. Their needs are great as most survivors have lost everything from the deluge of rain they have received over the last month. Roads are cut off by flood water, fallen trees, and mud slides.
MOZAMBIQUE: FLOOD RECOVERY
Heavy rains since early January have caused severe flooding in northern Mozambique. Many have lost their homes and crops to the floods. Disease and hunger are plaguing survivors even as more rain is forecasted.
UMCOR is supporting two efforts to provide relief to thousands of survivors through Action by Churches Together partners already working in the area. They are providing shelter, blankets and other needed items to some 8,000 families.
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In an area already affected by a food crisis, floods. Around 100,000 families have been left homeless by the rising waters. Morais Quissico, disaster coordinator for The United Methodist Church in Mozambique, has reached affected families in Zambezia province and is preparing a response.
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