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UMCOR Hotline 14 Jun 2005: Liberia, Armenia, Zimbabwe

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Liberia: Coming Home

UMCOR, along with other humanitarian agencies, is helping 5,000 Liberians travel home after they were forced to flee during the country's civil war. Returning after war requires more than simply going back to one's home and life as it was before. Property and land were most likely left in ruins. The community must be rebuilt and fields must be tilled, planted and harvested before food is available to eat. UMCOR is providing returnees with food aid, seeds, tools, and training as well as transportation back to their hometowns. Your gifts to UMCOR Advance #150300, Liberia Emergency, will help families restore their lives.

Armenia: Celebrating Children

AREGAK, UMCOR Armenia's micro-credit program for women, celebrates International Children's Day with the Kharbert orphanage every year on June 1. Kharbert is a special place because only children with physical and mental disabilities live there. Every year AREGAK staff members come to celebrate with the children, bringing sweets, passing out gifts of school and hygiene kits given by United Methodists, and a concert for the children. These children who are often overlooked enjoy this special celebration just for them.

You can be a part UMCOR's important work in Armenia, including the AREGAK program by giving to UMCOR Advance #250225, Armenia.

Zimbabwe: Bulletin Insert

The specter of famine prowls alongside the life-threatening drought across much of southern Africa. A new UMCOR bulletin insert, "To Buy Seed Is a Sign of Hope," describes how United Methodists in Zimbabwe are responding to this crisis. Visit http://gbgm-umc.org/umcor/print/bulletininserts/zimbabwedrought.cfm to find out information about UMCOR's All Africa Drought and Famine response and to download and print this latest bulletin insert to share with others.

UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit http://gbgm-umc.org/umcor/. 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. 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.