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UMCOR Hotline 22 Dec 2009: American Samoa, Chile, Colombia, Indonesia, Philippines (the), Samoa, Sierra Leone, Tonga, Zimbabwe

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2009 marked a year of new opportunities for UMCOR to open doors with new offices, new resources, new opportunities for disaster trainings, and a new birthing kit added to UMCOR's relief supplies. Through grant awards, partnerships, and your gifts, UMCOR expands it operations and network of partners to reach underserved communities. 2009 also brought new resources for United Methodist congregations, with new tools to strengthen and equip congregations in their health ministries.

In this special UMCOR Hotline, we highlight UMCOR's areas of new hope, while continuing its mission to alleviate human suffering around the world. Thanks be to God for you and your faithful commitment to those in need. May the blessings of Christmas be with you today and always.

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ZIMBABWE: A DOOR TO ZIMBABWE

Through multiple partnerships, UMCOR gains a stable presence in Zimbabwe, opening a door of hope for ongoing humanitarian relief to a nation in conflict.

UMCOR Health and UMCOR International Disaster Response worked closely with annual conference partners including Baltimore-Washington, Western Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and the United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe to provide food, clean water, medicine, school kits, and long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets to communities in need.

UMCOR, through Zoe Ministry, a program North Carolina Annual Conference, Nyadire Connection, a ministry of Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference, and First UMC in Mansfield, Texas, helped United Methodist hospitals continue operations when many hospitals were forced to close and cholera outbreaks were widespread. Cholera kits provided by IDA Netherlands were sent to Nyadire and Mutambara Hospitals to treat 2,600 people. UMCOR worked with Nyadire Connection to rehabilitate water systems which brought access to clean water. Through the Baltimore-Washington Conference, 10,000 mosquito nets were distributed to at-risk communities.

UMCOR's non-governmental organization, with Zoe Ministry and the United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe, delivered a total of 500 metric tons of grain throughout 12 UMC districts in Zimbabwe, as part of a broader distribution facilitated in 2008. The relief supplies benefited more than 16,000 vulnerable families. Through Africa University, UMCOR provided additional food relief to vulnerable families for six months.

Through partners Muslim Aid, GlobalMedic, Foundations for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa, IDA Netherlands, and IMA World health, additional medicines, medical supplies, and water filters were provided to hospitals and communities in need.

Support this ongoing relief work by giving to Zimbabwe Emergency, UMCOR Advance #199456.

SIERRE LEONE: GIFTS INCREASE HEALTH CAPACITY

Generous grant support to UMCOR expanded operational service capacity at Kissy United Methodist Hospital in Sierre Leone. Additional funding increased malaria prevention support to UMCOR's partner Nothing But Nets.

A $450,000 grant from USAID's American Schools and Hospital's Abroad (ASHA) Program to doubles the capacity of the Maternal and Child Health unit of the UMCOR-supported Kissy United Methodist Hospital. Kissy's outpatient area, maternal bed space, consulting rooms, pharmacy, laboratory and radiology departments increased efficiency and expanded to serve more patients in need.

A gift of approximately $130,000 from the German Central Conference was granted to Nothing But Nets to support malaria prevention initiatives in Sierra Leone.

Prevent malaria with your gifts to Community-Based Malaria Control, UMCOR Advance #982009 or Nothing But Nets.

CHILE: UMCOR BUILDS DISASTER RESPONSE NETWORK

Chile is a country vulnerable to earthquakes, volcano eruptions, floods and mudslides. UMCOR helped to implement a humanitarian response system in Chile through Iglesia Metodista en Chile (IMECH), and in collaboration with the Chilean Oficina Nacional de Emergencia del Ministerio del Interior.

UMCOR provided disaster response training and support to IMECH, Ministerio Social Methodista (MISOM) and Equipo Metodista de Acción Humanitaria (EMAH) district coordinators in helping to build a disaster response network to prepare for future disasters. The training fostered networking opportunities with local authorities and relevant partners in the emergency response field.

Support life saving training workshops like this by giving to International Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #982450.

WORLDWIDE: UMCOR RESPONDS TO THREE EMERGENCIES

UMCOR responded to the immediate needs of thousands of people affected by natural disasters that hit just days apart in the Philippines, Samoa and Indonesia.

In the Philippines, two powerful typhoons, Ketsana and Parma, caused widespread devastation, displacing more than 567,000 people because of massive flooding and landslides. In Tonga, Samoa and American Samoa, four tsunamis swept through the South Pacific islands killing hundreds of people and forcing tens of thousands from their homes. In Indonesia, two earthquakes occurred in two days, killing more than 600 people.

UMCOR provides ongoing relief to affected communities and is working to develop long-term recovery plans. Please give to South Pacific Earthquake and Tsunamis, UMCOR Advance #982450, Indonesia Emergency, UMCOR Advance #217400, and Philippines Emergency, UMCOR Advance #240235.

COLOMBIA: UMCOR EXPANDS MICRO-ENTERPRISE FOR REFUGEES

Years of armed conflict in Colombia generated one of the largest displacements in the world. .UMCOR is helping Colombian refugees resettle in Chile by expanding micro-enterprise opportunities for the most vulnerable.

Through a $33,000 grant from UMCOR and in partnership with Church World Service Refugee Integration Program and United Methodist Volunteers in Missions (UMVIM), volunteers are working with the micro-enterprise program in Santiago, Chile and the northern city of Arica, where there are significant populations of displaced Colombian refugees and asylum seekers. The program will increase congregational involvement in the Refugee Integration Services Program (PROSIR) in Chile, as well as increase and strengthen the capacity of Methodist church leaders.

To volunteer with this project, please visit the UMVIM website or email UMCORRefugee@gbgm-umc.org for more information. Support sojourners by giving to Refugee Response Advance #982540. Online Giving

UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit umcor.org. You can donate to any project by placing a contribution in the offering plate at a local United Methodist church; by sending a check to UMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087-9068; or by calling 1-800-554-8583, where credit card donations are accepted. You can also give online by clicking on any of the "Give Now" links. UMCOR is exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States and qualifies for the maximum charitable contribution deduction by donors.