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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).
Teresa Juan spent 20 years as a refugee in Uganda, fleeing the civil conflict that wreaked havoc across southern Sudan for more than two decades, leaving more than one and a half million people dead. After the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005, refugees began feeling safe enough to go back to their native land. Now in her mid-fifties, Teresa recently returned to her country with her husband and eight children.
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.
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.
INDIA: FLOOD RELIEF
Some 1,500 families will receive assistance following severe flooding in West Bengal, India. Unrelenting rain lasting several days caused flooding which has affected more than 50,000 people.
UMCOR is working through Action by Churches Together partners in the area including Church's Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA). CASA along with other partner organizations are providing assistance to 1,500 of the most vulnerable families.