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Since it split off from Sudan in 2011 after a long and brutal civil war, the new country of South Sudan has found its young life fraught with challenges.

But in one state at least, Northern Bahr el Ghazal (NBEG) on the new international border, which has taken in a heavy number of returning South Sudanese refugees, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is making progress in the vital area of water and sanitation.

During all-out war and since then, NBEG state has suffered from seriously constrained resources. The additional population-load of returnees further reduced everyone’s access to safe and clean water, both for the existing communities and the returning refugees.

UMCOR’s South Sudan field office, with funds from the US government’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA, part of USAID), set about helping NBEG communities to improve their water, sanitation, and hygiene. Seven new boreholes have been drilled in the counties of Aweil West and Aweil North.

All in all, 34,456 people now have clean and safe water delivered to them—and 80,000 were provided with hygiene and sanitation information to increase their chances of fending off disease. Read more.

Your gift to South Sudan Emergency, UMCOR Advance #3021793, will further help the communities of South Sudan to improve their water supplies and their overall health..


During the Lenten season, we wait through the darkest, most chaotic of times the way Claire Chichester, a Hurricane Sandy survivor, waited and watched while the road below her roiled with the storm and, miraculously, straightened out again. The damaged road would never be the same but it would become, once more, navigable.

For many immigrants, Hurricane Sandy has brought about an uncertainty that feels chaotic. “A lot of people, when they leave their country to come here, they sell everything they have to raise the funds,” said Chichester. When Hurricane Sandy hit, many immigrants—already on a fragile financial edge—were plunged into more economic stress.

In the Lenten season, we often think about our own roads. What will we give up to change our path? Perhaps, from the perspective of Hurricane Sandy recovery, the question may be: what will we do to help the road become navigable for someone else? Read more.


UMCOR is seeking an assistant general secretary for its Disaster Response program in the US, Central America, and the Caribbean. Learn more about this opening.


One Great Hour of Sharing is March 10. Share this video to promote this offering that is critical to UMCOR’s work.


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UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. Tofind out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit Youcan donate to any project by placing a contribution in the offeringplate at a local United Methodist church; by sending a check toUMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087-9068; or by calling1-800-554-8583, where credit card donations are accepted. You canalso give online by clicking any of the "DONATE" links or make a $10donation anytime by texting “UMCOR” to 80888. UMCOR is exempt fromtax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of theUnited States and qualifies for the maximum charitable contributiondeduction by donors.

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

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

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

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A new water pump connected to one of seven boreholes UMCOR helped to drill in South Sudan’s Northern Bahr el Ghazal state.
UMCOR South Sudan

Whether immigrants or U.S.-born, Hurricane Sandy survivors are trying to navigate a road to recovery.
Chris Heckert

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