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United Methodist Committee on Relief

January 2013 | UMCOR Hotline


NEWS: WINTER CLOTHES FOR CHILDREN IN GAZA
Children walking in the Zaatari Refugee Camp, located near Mafraq, Jordan. Opened in July, 2012, the camp holds upwards of 120,000 refugees from the civil war inside Syria.
Last month in Gaza, four consecutive days of torrential rains caused severe flooding which forced an estimated 10,000 people to be evacuated from their homes and find refuge in emergency shelters, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

The most affected areas were Gaza City and northern Gaza, where farmlands and greenhouses in the most fertile agricultural region were damaged or destroyed. In some places, floodwaters were more than six feet deep.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) issued a grant to partner American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) to provide winter clothing for about 1,100 Syrian refugee children along the Gaza strip who lost their clothing because of the December floods.

As many as 5,000 people are still displaced and unable to return to their flooded, mud-soaked homes, according to ANERA. Health hazards, including diarrhea and waterborne diseases, are a major concern.

You can support UMCOR’s relief efforts like this one with your gifts to International Disaster Response, Advance #982450.
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PRAYER: RECOVERY FOR THE PHILIPPINES
Freddie Santos (left) and Angelo Catanga work to erect a temporary roof for a friend whose home was laid open to the sky by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, Philippines.
Please pray for typhoon survivors in the Philippines, who are seeking to recover from Typhoon Haiyan, a super storm that struck nearly three months ago. The typhoon killed more than 6,000 Filipinos and destroyed more than a million homes. Please pray for the success of a housing reconstruction program and psychosocial assistance to survivors, both of which UMCOR will be facilitating in the days ahead.


MEET UMCOR STAFF: MIKE BARBEE
Mike Barbee is the UMCOR’s Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) technical officer.
Mike Barbee is UMCOR’s Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) technical officer.

Originally from Colorado, Barbee has traveled to and lived in many areas of the world, where he gained experience in managing projects and programs in the WASH sector. This experience is combined with skills and knowledge in the areas of water quality and environmental impact assessments, disease and nuisance vector control, environmental engineering, infrastructure/construction oversight, grant writing and management, and monitoring and evaluation.

Barbee says, “Having worked with many other organizations in the WASH arena, I am excited that UMCOR works with partners such as local churches and other non-governmental organizations to meet the needs of communities. I value the way UMCOR seeks to learn and grow in order to serve our partners better, and I look forward to the many ways I can contribute to this work and learn from the team in the days ahead!”

RESOURCE: RELIEF SUPPLIES IN NEED
Children compare items in their school kits at a distribution outside of Tbilisi, Georgia.
As shipments of relief-supply kits continue to move out of UMCOR depots, replenishing depot shelves remains a concern to meet future emergency needs.

Just this past weekend, in response to Cyclone Ian, a category-5 storm that struck the South Pacific island nation of Tonga, UMCOR West Depot sent 2,000 school kits and 2,000 health kits. These were included in a mixed container organized by the Tongan United Methodist community in Salt Lake City, home to UMCOR West. The shipment, entrusted to the Tonga Red Cross Society, will serve cyclone-affected survivors in the Ha'apei Islands of Tonga, the region hardest hit by the cyclone.

Use the relief-kit content instructions on UMCOR’s Relief-Supply web page to purchase the items necessary for school kits, health kits, layette kits, bedding packs, and sewing kits, which are all in much demand right now.

You can also support this vital ministry with your gifts to Material Resources, Advance #901440, to enable UMCOR to purchase the necessary items for each relief-supply kit.



MEDIA: ECO-PALM HARVESTING

Watch this informational video about Eco-Palm harvesting. It explains all you need to know about Eco-Palms—why we purchase them, the benefits of Eco-Palm premiums for small-farmer communities in Guatemala and Mexico, and the socially responsible harvesting techniques that protect the environment and the health of the palm. Palm Sunday is April 13. Place your order for Eco-Palms by the March 21, 2014 deadline. Visit www.ecopalms.org 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. Children walking in the Zaatari Refugee Camp, located near Mafraq, Jordan. Opened in July, 2012, the camp holds upwards of 120,000 refugees from the civil war inside Syria.
Paul Jeffrey

Image 2. Freddie Santos (left) and Angelo Catanga work to erect a temporary roof for a friend whose home was laid open to the sky by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, Philippines.
A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose

Image 3. Mike Barbee is the UMCOR’s Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) technical officer.
Christopher Tricomi

Image 4. Children compare items in their school kits at a distribution outside of Tbilisi, Georgia.
James Rollins

Image 5. Harvesters receive practical training in different areas of palm processing, including inventory, monitoring, quality selection, and administration.
Photo courtesy of ProNatura Sur S.A.


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