The people of the Sudan’s Darfur Region have experienced numerous shocks of various types over the past 15 years. This report describes exactly how shocks have affected specific livelihood groups in Darfur, the extent to which people have been successful at recovering their self-sufficiency, and why. We found that households make calculated decisions based on balancing the potential risks and returns of activities in light of shocks. We found that some key factors influencing resilience and recovery in this context include:
By James L. Gulley*
On September 5, 2016, representatives of the Methodist Church of Haiti (EMH) and of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) celebrated the dedication of a new secondary school building at historic New College Bird (NCB). The new building replaces one of three NCB school buildings that were destroyed by the devastating earthquake of 2010 in Haiti.
More than 3.2 million people are currently displaced from their homes because of violence in Iraq. Of that total, about one third are living in unsafe, unsuitable shelters, where access to clean drinking water and basic hygiene supplies is severely limited.
That need is especially urgent in Aliawa Camp in northern Iraq, and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is responding there, in collaboration with partner GlobalMedic. and local partners,.
UMCOR trains communities in Peru how to protect themselves against future hazards
By David Tereshchuk*
August 16, 2016 — In step with many international aid agencies, UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, is putting significant effort into disaster risk reduction, even as it pursues its long-standing mission of alleviating human suffering caused by disasters.
UMCOR partners with Muslim Aid to assist those who lost homes, livelihoods in storm and flood
By David Tereshchuk*
July 7, 2016 — The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is partnering with Muslim Aid, a Britain-based humanitarian aid organization, to bring relief to survivors of Cyclone Roanu, which struck Bangladesh in May, displacing half a million Bangladeshis from their homes and killing 27.
The United Methodist Church has had a long-standing and active engagement in global health efforts for many decades. Global Ministries as the mission agency of the UMC partners with health ministries within and outside the UMC network to provide abundant health for all. This work is led by the Global Health Unit (GHU). Global Health aims to ensure the highest attainable standard of health for all by ensuring that every newborn, mother and child not only survives, but thrives to transform the future.