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The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has been helping the people of Chile cope with the effects of their devastating 2010 earthquake since well before it even happened.

The 8.8 magnitude earthquake hit the South American country on February 27 of that year, but already back in 2009, UMCOR had been organizing training sessions for members of the Chilean Methodist Church (IMECH, in its Spanish acronym) and preparing communities to respond to natural disasters.

Amid aid efforts in the wake of the earthquake, Juan Salazar, national coordinator of the church’s humanitarian aid foundation, EMAH, said that the UMCOR training had been “fundamental” to the church’s effective efforts to support the devastated communities.

Over time, as the recovery work shifted and became more long-term in its mission, UMCOR found itself—in partnership with the international ACT alliance as well as EMAH on the ground—focusing on those vulnerable sections of the population whose needs were not fully met by the government’s outreach efforts.

According to official estimates, more than 50,000 families are still awaiting permanent homes, and the construction of a desperately needed 16,000 units has not yet begun. Families will have to spend yet another winter in “temporary” camps. Even three years after the quake, there is still much more work to do. Read more.

Your gift to International Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #982450, will support UMCOR’s disaster-preparedness and disaster-response work in Chile and around the world.


March 22 is World Water Day. This is a day to think about how we use this precious resource and to renew our commitment to help the millions who go without access to clean water each day.

Pray for those who are helping to provide clean water and for sustainable solutions where water resources continue to shrink. Also, ask God to show you how you can be a part of the solution.


Learn how UMCOR walks alongside survivors of disaster in this video about US disaster response.


UMCOR seeks to fill the following two positions: Program Manager based in South Sudan and Monitoring and Evaluation Manager based in New York City. Visit the careers page for more information about all of UMCOR’s current openings.


Join United Methodists around the world as they envision how to Change the World May 18-19. This worldwide movement raises awareness and inspires communities to take on global challenges such as malaria, food security, and disaster relief. Learn more.

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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Three years after a massive earthquake in Chile, much has been accomplished, but needs persist.
Courtesy of EMAH

Ask God how you can be part of the solution to clean water needs around the world.

UMCOR is seeking a program manager for its South Sudan field office.
UMCOR South Sudan

View a new UMCOR video about accompanying disaster survivors.

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