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UMCOR Hotline 18 Aug 2009: Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka

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PHILIPPINES: RESPONDING TO NEEDS FOLLOWING TYPHOON

UMCOR Philippines is at work in Botolan after two typhoons hit the area. According to Ciony Eduarte who manages UMCOR's office in the Philippines, people have been relocated to safer areas as flash flooding resulting from a damaged dam and overfilled rice fields continue to create hazardous conditions.

UMCOR is assisting with emergency response, distributing food in the affected areas in coordination with the district superintendent and KKFI,. They are working together to develop a plan for a longer term response as the needs are assessed.

Your gift to UMCOR Philippines will help those affected by the most recent typhoons. Please give to Philippines Emergency, UMCOR Advance #240235.

INDONESIA: SCHOOL RECEIVES NEW WATER AND SANITATION FACILITY

As part of the Reconstruction and Development for Aceh and Nias project, addressing post tsunami needs, UMCOR Indonesia built a new water and sanitation facility for the students and staff of SD14 Bireuen School. The facility was presented to the school on August 6.

Select students, called "hygiene heroes," have received leadership training to ensure good health and hygiene procedures are taken at school. The measures include hand washing, proper care for food and using the toilet rather than the outside. Before receiving the school toilets, students would need to return to their homes to use the bathroom.

UMCOR Indonesia worked in close cooperation with UNICEF and the Bireuen district government to construct the facilities and provide hygiene education.

UMCOR Indonesia continues to help those affected by the 2005 tsunami and the 30 year conflict preceding it. To support these projects, please give generously to Indonesia Emergency, UMCOR Advance #217400.

SRI LANKA: IDP CAMP PREPARES FOR MONSOON SEASON

Concern is escalating after an early monsoon rain on August 14 left thousands of people at an Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camp in Vavuniya without proper shelter or hygiene facilities. With the monsoon season beginning in September, UMCOR Sri Lanka is preparing for worsening conditions, including waterborne diseases.

UMCOR and other humanitarian agencies are communicating with the government that they stand ready to assist with an accelerated resettlement program and helping people find host families during monsoon season.

To help UMCOR Sri Lanka continue its work supporting people affected by the conflict and the 2004 tsunami, please give to Sri Lanka Relief and Development, UMCOR Advance #3020630.