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Mohamed Maada Kabia at work in the fields of Katik Village, Sierra Leone. He is chairman of the village’s Blind Farmers’ Association. Photo: WIA
21 Jul 2016 Sierra Leone: Support for Blind Farmers’ Recovery
UMCOR helps blind farmers in Sierra Leone receive the tools, seeds, and leadership training necessary for a sustained livelihood.
After severe wildfires struck Middletown, Calif., scorched mountain top properties stud the horizon. Photo by Adam DuBrowa/FEMA
19 Jul 2016 For Case Managers, Every Person Matters
Disaster case management is a holistic plan for recovery that addresses physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
Several communities in Virginia are still recovering from tornadoes that struck five months ago.   PHOTO CREDIT: Courtesy Virginia UMVIM
12 Jul 2016 In Virginia, Churches Rally for Tornado Recovery
Congregations help boost recovery after tornadoes last February caused widespread destruction.
A NASA satellite photo captures the moment when Cyclone Roanu approached Bangladesh last May. The storm displaced half a million people, damaging homes and livelihoods. PHOTO CREDIT: NASA, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response, captured on Terra satellite, via Wikimedia Commons
7 Jul 2016 In Bangladesh, UMCOR Aids Cyclone Recovery
UMCOR partners with Muslim Aid to assist those who lost homes, livelihoods in storm and flood.
After Hurricane Sandy, UMCOR helps keep communities in disaster preparedness.
5 Jul 2016 Sandy Recovery Shifts to Preparedness
After Hurricane Sandy, UMCOR helps keep communities in disaster preparedness.
Nybol draws clean water from the rehabilitated Zamzam Water Yard in Adilla Town. Photo by Osman Fadol
30 Jun 2016 In Sudan: Clean Water, Less Illness
UMCOR helps improve community water access and management in East Darfur state.
30 Jun 2016 Clean, Safe Water Improves Life in East Darfur
A rehabilitated water yard brings more than just clean water to communities in East Darfur.
30 Jun 2016 Bringing Improved Seeds to East Darfur
An UMCOR seed-multiplication project helps a farmer double his yield.
30 Jun 2016 In Sudan: Skills Training Allows Displaced Persons to Feed Their Families
Thanks to the UMCOR program, Zakarea Mohammed Ahmed Adam can care for his extended family.
30 Jun 2016 A Family Finds Shelter in East Darfur
UMCOR provides emergency shelter for displaced families in Sudan.
28 Jun 2016 UMCOR Requests Prayers, Patience in Response to West Virginia Floods
After severe weather caused major flooding in West Virginia, UMCOR requests prayer for affected communities, and asks that volunteers hold-off on self-deployment.
Thanks to an UMCOR project created in Kariba District, Zimbabwe, Tendai Chimera is able to harvest vegetables during drought seasons, and is receiving an income from the sale of surplus produce. Photo: Terry Mukuka
28 Jun 2016 Addressing Drought in Zimbabwe
Communities in Zimbabwe thrive in the midst of drought through an UMCOR integrated approach that includes food security and nutrition, livelihoods, health, and access to water, sanitation, and hygiene ...
Children learn the importance of good hygiene behavior during trainings sessions at Sokorobo Primary School. Photo: Reservoire de Siloe
23 Jun 2016 In West Africa, Better Hygiene Equals Better Learning
In Cote d’Ivoire, children are better able to learn after latrines and hand-washing stations were installed in their school, thanks to UMCOR and partner Reservoir de Siloe.
A couple who survived the last flood disaster in the Democratic Republic of Congo, stand in front of their damaged home. Photo: North Katanga Episcopal Area
21 Jun 2016 Reducing Flood Risk in DRC
UMCOR partners with the North Katanga Episcopal Area in helping communities in Kamina organize themselves to clean up the river debris to reduce their vulnerability to future flooding.
Mellie Jordan, a disaster case manager who serves with UMCOR, supports disaster-burdened communities with grace, skill, and God.
16 Jun 2016 A Call to Disaster Response
Mellie Jordan, a disaster case manager who serves with UMCOR, supports disaster-burdened communities with grace, skill, and God.
The Momotombo volcano in Nicaragua, which began erupting for the first time in a century last December, stands on the shores of Lago de Managua.  Photo: Wikimedia Commons
14 Jun 2016 Nicaragua: Protection Against Volcano’s Aftermath
UMCOR helps families in Nicaragua breathe easier after the Momotombo volcano spewed ash that caused respiratory issues in El Paplonal.
Churches can respond to disasters with relief supplies and human compassion because church members receive training in how to respond. Photo: Carol Greenslate
9 Jun 2016 ‘Season for Preparedness’ is Now
As the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season begins, UMCOR’s Connecting Neighbors program can ready the local church for disaster response.
In their formal dress, a caravan of Lumad indigenous people march in the streets. Photo: Salupongan International
8 Jun 2016 Food Aid for Displaced Indigenous in Philippines
UMCOR and local partner BALSA Mindanao provide food aid to displaced Lumad indigenous people living in evacuation centers in the Philippines, after they were forcibly displaced from their homes in 201 ...
Families in Nepal are breathing cleaner air indoors when they use smokeless stoves provided by UMCOR partner Rural Integrated Development Services - Switzerland (RIDS).
2 Jun 2016 Improving Health with Smokeless Stoves
Families in Pamlathum, Nepal, are living in a cleaner environment and finding a decrease in respiratory and eye diseases through the use of smokeless stoves.
26 May 2016 Sri Lanka: Ready to Beat the Next Disaster
Communities in Sri Lanka’s Ratnapura District are working to increase their resilience to potential disasters with support from UMCOR.
In Serbia, UMCOR worked with communities to clean and maintain flood-control channels that were clogged with refuse and overgrown. Photo: UMCOR
24 May 2016 Reducing the Risk of Disaster
Disaster risk reduction is an approach that seeks to alleviate suffering in proactive and long-lasting ways.
18 May 2016 Four Areas of Focus Reaffirmed
A look at the achievements and vision for the denomination’s Four Areas of Focus for the next quadrennium.
17 May 2016 United Methodists Authorize ‘UMCOR Sunday’
The United Methodist Church renames One Great Hour of Sharing to ‘UMCOR Sunday’ during the church’s legislating General Conference meeting in Portland, Oregon.
16 May 2016 UMCOR Partners in Response, Recovery, and Reducing Risk
In times of disaster, UMCOR is a valuable partner for assessing relief needs, planning long-term recovery, and helping communities prepare for the next disaster before it strikes.
10 May 2016 In Armenia, a New Beginning
UMCOR Armenia has evolved into an independent, self-sustaining, national nonprofit organization called UMCOR Armenia Foundation.

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