UMCOR

United Methodist Committee on Relief

March 2014 | UMCOR Hotline

NEWS: INDIA: REDUCING DISASTER RISK
The cyclone shelter for Bhapur, in north-eastern India, one of 67 shelters that UMCOR partner CASA has helped local communities to build.
Building a community’s capacity to prepare for, respond to, and even reduce disaster risk, is not a job done alone.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and partner CASA, the Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action, are working together to remedy the immediate and long-term effects of disasters through Disaster Risk Reduction, a strategy that is working to save lives and reduce disaster risk.

In a recent story, India’s Cyclone Phailin is highlighted as an example of reduced disaster impact because of employed disaster risk reduction strategies. Thousands of people were successfully evacuated before Phailin struck the northeast coastline, and the number of fatalities was kept to 45. In contrast, Cyclone Paradip, which struck India in 1999, left nearly 10,000 people dead and millions homeless.

The Rev. Jack Amick, UMCOR’s assistant general secretary for International Disaster Response, stated, “UMCOR is excited about its partnership with CASA because, together, we can equip communities to prepare for disasters, with local solutions. The poor are particularly vulnerable to disasters, and working together to prepare communities gives people a better chance to overcome the cyclically impoverishing effect of disasters.”

Read the story to learn more and give to Disaster Risk Reduction, UMCOR Advance #3021952 to help disaster-prone communities prepare for disaster and identify hazards.
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PRAYER: CHILE
In February 2010, Chile experienced a massive 8.8 magnitude earthquake. It was one of the five most intense quakes anywhere in the world since 1900. Last week, an 8.2 magnitude quake again rocked the disaster-prone nation.
Please continue to pray for those affected by last week’s powerful earthquake in Chile. More than 2,500 homes sustained serious structural damage in the region around the northern port city of Iquique. Six people died.

UMCOR’s International Disaster Response executive, the Rev. Jack Amick offered a blessing prayer for the nation that you can use during your time of devotion. Please intercede for the affected families and for recovery efforts in the days to come.

MEET UMCOR STAFF: LOUIS-MARIE BIJOU
Louis-Marie Bijou is the UMCOR community engagement manager for the PISANS program in Haiti.
Louis-Marie Bijou is the UMCOR community engagement manager for the PISANS program in Haiti.

PISANS, Provision of Integrated Services around New Settlement, is an integrated, multi-sectoral program that supports the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) 156 housing resettlement in Cabaret, a town 15 miles outside the capital city of Port-au-Prince. PISANS provides a suite of programs aimed at improving the quality of life of communities displaced by the January 2010 earthquake.

Serving in this capacity since April 2013, Bijou is happy to be of service to his fellow Haitians, especially following the earthquake. He works with communities that really need UMCOR’s assistance and he feels proud of his work.

Bijou has held a number of positions in humanitarian aid relief since the earthquake. He also worked as a journalist in his hometown of Cap-Haitien, in Haiti.

Bijou says, "I am pleased to be working with UMCOR. My dream is to help as long as possible and wherever UMCOR can use me.”

Bijou received a diploma in social communication from the State University of Haiti, and applies his studies to his work daily.

RESOURCE: SELLING FAIR TRADE PRODUCTS
Bemidji United Methodist Church in Minnesota offers their members Hope’s Blend, an UMCOR fellowship coffee.
Selling fair trade products in your local church or community is one way you can support the livelihoods of small-scale farmers around the world, in observance of World Fair Trade Day, May 10.

Through UMCOR partner Equal Exchange, you can identify the best ways to promote fair trade through Equal Exchange’s Community Help Hotline. Learn how to gain support from your pastor, brainstorm ways to improve product sales, and how to educate your community about fair trade and its impact on farmer communities.

Every time United Methodists and friends purchase fair trade products through the UMCOR Coffee Project, a portion of every pound sold goes to UMCOR's Small Farmer Fund to support farmer co-ops and sustainable agricultural projects. Visit Equal Exchange now to learn more.

MEDIA: HIV PREVENTION FOR WOMEN IN ARMENIA
UMCOR Armenia has been working to reduce the risk of HIV and AIDS, especially among women. Through a project called Prevention and Control of HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and Tuberculosis (TB), UMCOR Armenia provides a range of prevention activities including awareness-raising, confidential health services and more. Women of reproductive age learn the risks of transmitting the HIV virus from mother to child, and receive HIV prevention education, resources and referrals.

Watch this UMCOR Armenia video to learn more.
UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit umcor.org. 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.


Photo Captions

Image 1. The cyclone shelter for Bhapur, in north-eastern India, one of 67 shelters that UMCOR partner CASA has helped local communities to build.
Jonathan Rout/CASA/ACT

Image 2. In February 2010, Chile experienced a massive 8.8 magnitude earthquake. It was one of the five most intense quakes anywhere in the world since 1900. Last week, an 8.2 magnitude quake again rocked the disaster-prone nation.
Linda Unger

Image 3. Louis-Marie Bijou is the UMCOR community engagement manager for the PISANS program in Haiti.
UMCOR Haiti

Image 4. Bemidji United Methodist Church in Minnesota offers their members Hope’s Blend, an UMCOR fellowship coffee.
Bemidji UMC

Image 5. Watch UMCOR Armenia video to learn how UMCOR-supported programs work to reduce the risk of HIV and AIDS among women of reproductive age.


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