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UMCOR Hotline 18 January 2012: Haiti, South Sudan

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HAITI: BUILDING HOMES

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and Eglise Methodiste d’Hait (EMH) are working together to build 40 homes in two communities that were heavily affected by the 2010 Haitian earthquake. World Hands Alliance and Homes for Haitians are also partners in the project.

Each home has 40 square meters of interior space, a toilet, shower facility, kitchen facility, and water storage capacity. Twenty will be built in each of the communities of Mellier and Carrefour.

Beneficiaries of the homes are participating in the building by clearing the original home foundations before construction begins and also are providing support during the construction process.

SOUTH SUDAN: FOOD ON THE TABLE

Bethuel Lesuk Andaria attended the UMCOR farmer training last April, where he learned how to cultivate an improved variety of cassava. After the training, UMCOR distributed cuttings of the new variety of cassava to the farmers who were in attendance.

Andaria writes how the training and the new variety of cassava are helping him, his family, and his community put food on the table and bring more produce to market. This type of cassava is more disease resistant and grows faster than the variety farmers traditionally use in this region.

Andaria notes that he saw a difference within two weeks of planting. “It was then that I realized that UMCOR has really helped us and given us a way to produce more food and sustain our families,” he writes. Read more.