United Methodist Committee on Relief

February 2014 | UMCOR Hotline

Tensions surrounding elections in Mozambique have resulted in conflict in the center and northern part of the country. The fighting between government and rebel groups has caused thousands of people to flee from their homes for safety. Almost 4,000 people are living in temporary camps.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is responding to emergency needs in war-torn Sofala and Inhambane provinces, where many people have settled, but are without shelter.

UMCOR, through the United Methodist Church in Mozambique, will provide iron sheeting to shelter 85 displaced families. The temporary shelter will help protect families and children from the elements, safeguard their belongings, and underscore their dignity.

Support UMCOR as it meets emergency needs, such as in this event in Mozambique, with your gifts to International Disaster Response, Advance #982450.
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Families use hand pumps to get fresh water in Zimbabwe.
Please pray for a number of UMCOR staff members who are currently traveling in Zimbabwe. UMCOR program staff persons are assessing water and sanitation needs at the UMCOR-supported Nyadire United Methodist Mission and Old Mutare United Methodist Hospital, as well as reviewing the status of UMCOR’s development work in other regions of Zimbabwe. Pray for successful assessments and meetings, and safe travel.

Dawn Anderson is UMCOR Haiti’s senior grant coordinator and works with UMCOR Haiti’s program team.
Dawn Anderson is senior grant coordinator working with UMCOR’s country office in Haiti. She also supports UMCOR Haiti on community outreach and institutional donor relations.

“It’s been an interesting experience transitioning from the US domestic policy sector to the international development field,” said Anderson. The work is challenging and stimulating in ways I never expected. I think that’s because every day the way I see the world is questioned. I get to see up close the worst of humanity—the good news is that I also see the best in humanity. Here at UMCOR, we have the opportunity to impact so many lives in such a positive way, it makes me feel really good. ”

Dawn hails from Pennsylvania and has traveled extensively. She has more than 20 years of experience working in the fields of US health policy, communications, and national politics, having worked for two members of the United States Congress and a governor of Pennsylvania. Her first development post was managing the US Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program, a livelihoods grant initiative, in Zimbabwe.

Women take great care selecting quality palms, a critical step in the process of fulfilling orders for Eco-Palms.
United Methodists are encouraged to use Eco-Palms for church celebrations and events like Palm Sunday, which is observed on April 13.

When you purchase Eco-Palms, you are supporting a just and sustainable system that allows small-scale harvesters in Latin America to receive a fair price for quality palms, and collect premiums which are poured back into the communities to help send children to school or support other community projects.

What’s more, Eco-palms are harvested in a way that protects the environment and the health of the palm.

Download this church bulletin insert to learn more. The deadline for placing your Eco-Palms order is March 21, 2014. Visit for more information and to place your order.


When Cyclone Phailin tore through the Indian states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh last October, UMCOR worked with partners to respond with immediate needs such as emergency food rations and plastic tarps to cover storm-battered homes.

In this video, filmed just two weeks after Phailin struck, UMCOR’s partner GlobalMedic highlights UMCOR’s support for providing clean drinking water to cyclone-affected communities. GlobalMedic set up 15 water purification units in Odisha that immediately transformed dirty water into safe, clean drinking water. Watch the video to 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:

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. Families use hand pumps to get fresh water in Zimbabwe.
Lisa Jackson

Image 2. Dawn Anderson is UMCOR Haiti’s senior grant coordinator and works with UMCOR Haiti’s program team.
Courtesy of Dawn Anderson

Image 3.Women take great care selecting quality palms, a critical step in the process of fulfilling orders for Eco-Palms.
ProNatura Sur S.A.


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