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Among the many ways that the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has been helping the Japanese people recover from their 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis, few can be quite as heartening as its support for the Horikawa Aiseien Children’s Home.

Located in Fukushima Prefecture, Horikawa Aiseien is a 67-year-old facility for vulnerable children. While none of its buildings collapsed in the earthquake, the disaster caused serious damage and heightened anxiety about their strength to survive serious seismic events in the future. Additionally, the nuclear disaster raised levels of radiation in the area.

The home has traditionally received children at risk from throughout the prefecture, via the prefecture’s child-guidance centers, and the majority have been survivors of abuse.

For such children, Horikawa Aiseien offers a chance to restore their trust in adults and rebuild their psychological and emotional stability in a home-like setting—but it naturally needs to be as safe an environment as it can possibly be.

UMCOR’s grant of $50,000 is helping to fully retrofit the home’s buildings, conforming to nationally prescribed earthquake-resistance standards and providing insulation against radioactive contamination.

A gift to International Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #982450, will support projects which, like Horikawa Aiseien in Japan, are building long-term recovery in the wake of disasters.


Pray for the United Methodist Health Boards in Sierra Leone, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Zimbabwe as they receive UMCOR training this spring to help them expand their capacity and seek to improve community health.

Pray, too, for all those in the city and province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, who are recovering from recent severe flooding.


UMCOR is seeking a deputy general secretary who will provide program leadership for the organization. Learn more about the position online.


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UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit 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 any of the "DONATE" links or make a $10 donation anytime by texting “UMCOR” to 80888. 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.

And, please pray for those who are hungry, displaced, sick or in poverty because of these and other natural and human-made disasters, and for the workers who minister to them.

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United Methodist Committee on Relief
General Board of Global Ministries, The United Methodist Church
Room 1520, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115
Voice Phone: 1-212-870-3816; FAX: 1-212-870-3624

Mission Statement:
Compelled by Christ to be a voice of conscience on behalf of the people called Methodist, UMCOR works globally to alleviate human suffering and advance hope and healing.

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A recently finished, disaster-proofed building at Horikawa Aiseien Children’s Home in Fukushima, Japan.
A recently finished, disaster-proofed building at Horikawa Aiseien Children’s Home in Fukushima, Japan.
Courtesy of Horikawa Aiseien Children’s Home

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