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UMCOR Hotline 15 Dec 2009: Philippines, Bolivia

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PHILIPPINES: UMCOR EXPANDS TYPHOON RESPONSE

UMCOR Philippines disaster response efforts are providing relief and rehabilitation support to un-reached and underserved communities hardest-hit by Typhoons Ketsana and Parma.

Through an appeal issued by UMCOR's partner Action By Churches Together (ACT), UMCOR Philippines is working with Christian Aid, Lutheran World Relief, and National Council of Churches in the Philippines to coordinate responses and share information about assessments, materials and outputs. UMCOR is providing food relief, shelter materials, livelihood support, micro-credit assistance, and business development services to 9,000 survivors in Rizal, Laguna, Bulacan, Pampanga and Zambales provinces.

UMCOR Philippines is also working with local partners Harris Memorial College, Union Theological Seminary, Asuncion A. Perez Memorial Center, Inc., and Kaptiran-Kaunlaran Foundation, Inc. to provide comprehensive relief operations, reaching vulnerable communities in need of relief assistance. Please give generously to Philippines Emergency, UMCOR Advance #240235.

BOLIVIA: FASTING FOR THE GIFT OF WATER

Bolivia is the second poorest nation in the western hemisphere. Most people live below two dollars a day and are without basic potable water, sanitation or irrigations systems.

UMCOR-supported Engineers in Action (EIA), a non-profit organization formed out of a partnership between the Oklahoma Annual Conference and Iglesia Evangelica Metodista en Bolivia (IEMB), is encouraging a fast to raise money to support the gift of water.

Sponsors are invited to participate in the We Fast So They Can Drink campaign by donating one dollar an hour or more, for 36 hours. The fundraiser began in early December, with donations benefiting EIA's work, supporting water and sanitation projects for more than 10,000 people in remote villages throughout Bolivia.

For more information about Engineers in Action, please click here. You can also support global water and sanitation projects by giving to Water and Sanitation, UMCOR Advance #3020600.