United Methodist Committee on Relief

The UMCOR Hotline for June 5, 2013

June 2013 | UMCOR Hotline

Since 2008, the Albert Street School has been helping young immigrants from Zimbabwe advance their primary and secondary education.
The Albert Street School in Johannesburg was established in 2008 to provide an opportunity for education to refugee and vulnerable children who continue to pour into the South African capital from neighboring Zimbabwe.

Many of the children arrive as unaccompanied minors, often fleeing xenophobic violence in their homeland, and take up residence in abandoned buildings in the city. The buildings lack basic sanitation and electricity, and unscrupulous “landlords” charge exorbitant fees to rent a small space.

The Albert Street School provides a stable and creative environment for these refugee and vulnerable learners and ensures that, although they have no economic support, the children can complete their primary and secondary education.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has just issued a new grant to the Methodist Church of Southern Africa’s Central District to support the Albert Street School, its teachers, students, and availability of resources.

Your gift to International Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #982450, supports the work of UMCOR and its partners worldwide in their response to critical, emergency needs of vulnerable people such as the children of Albert Street School. Give now

In the Republic of Georgia, where UMCOR has a field office, children receive UMCOR health kits. .
Please remember in your prayers this week the staffs of UMCOR’s field offices in 10 countries around the world as they seek to build strong partnerships with local populations to promote recovery from emergency situations and long-term development.

Field office leaders from Afghanistan, Armenia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Georgia, Haiti, Philippines, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, and Zimbabwe will be at UMCOR headquarters in New York the week of June 10 for strategy meetings. Please pray for their safe travel and fruitful deliberations.

UMCOR is seeking a program manager to be based at its New York City headquarters. This professional would guide and oversee UMCOR field offices in their program development, monitoring and reporting of activities, strategic development, and exit/transition planning.

Please visit UMCOR’s Careers page on the organization’s website for more details.


Recent emergencies in the United States and overseas are quickly exhausting UMCOR’s supply of relief kits —from cleaning buckets to layette kits, school kits, and more.

View a new UMCOR video on the life-affirming role relief kits play in a crisis, and learn how you can assemble and ship kits that will help survivors of natural and human-caused disasters, from Texas to Syria and beyond.

View a video produced by the United Methodist Oklahoma Conference celebrating the arrival of UMCOR relief kits and supplies after the May 20 tornadoes that caused so much destruction in Moore.

During the annual conference in Oklahoma, members turned right around and devoted time to assembling more kits for delivery, through the UMCOR Relief-Supply Network, to communities in need around the world.

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After a slow start to the 2013 US tornado season, damaging and deadly storms have been tearing through the Midwest since the middle of May. On Friday, May 31, a new group of tornadoes lumbered through Oklahoma, taking the lives of another 14 people and leaving a path of destruction.

Share this church bulletin insert and support UMCOR’s US Disaster Response.

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:

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.

Photo Captions

Image 1. Since 2008, the Albert Street School has been helping young immigrants from Zimbabwe advance their primary and secondary education.
Faye Richardson

Image 2. In the Republic of Georgia, where UMCOR has a field office, children receive UMCOR health kits.
Judith Santiago


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