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UMCOR News Stories

26 Oct 2016 Water and Laughter in Iraq
UMCOR and partner GlobalMedic respond to needs in northern Iraq where access to clean drinking water and basic hygiene supplies is severely limited due to ongoing violence.
Floodwaters slowly recede from a neighborhood in Lafayette, La. Photo: Mike DuBose/UMNS
26 Oct 2016 UMCOR Grants Target U.S. Flooding
Nearly $2 million for disaster response funding for flooding in four U.S. states was approved during the UMCOR board meeting in Atlanta, Ga.
13 Oct 2016 Reducing the Risk of Disaster
Today, October 13, is the International Day for Disaster Reduction. Read how disaster risk reduction is an approach that seeks to alleviate suffering in proactive and long-lasting ways.
UMCOR works with partners to respond to emergency needs of communities hard-hit by Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean, particularly Haiti.
7 Oct 2016 UMCOR Responds Quickly to Hurricane Damage in Haiti
UMCOR works with partners to respond to emergency needs of communities hard-hit by Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean, particularly Haiti.
4 Oct 2016 Preparing for Matthew
As Hurricane Matthew barrels through the Caribbean, UMCOR reaches out to partners in preparation for response.
28 Sep 2016 ‘Bittersweet’ Departure from New York
In a worship service acknowledged by all as “bittersweet,” the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries celebrated the rich history of Methodist mission work in New York on Sept. 27 as part of its ...
In response to the overflow of migrants from Central America’s Northern Triangle, La Trinidad UMC becomes an emergency transitional relief center to help those needing shelter, food, and more.
27 Sep 2016 La Trinidad UMC Opens Its Doors to Refugees
In response to the overflow of migrants from Central America’s Northern Triangle, La Trinidad UMC becomes an emergency transitional relief center to help those needing shelter, food, and more.
These cleaning buckets were sent to Louisiana to aid flood survivors. Photo: Courtesy Bristol United Methodist Church
22 Sep 2016 UMCOR Relief Supplies Are Visible Sign of Hope
UMCOR relief supplies bring hope to flood survivors in Louisiana, and connects volunteers with disaster survivors.
Greg Forrester
16 Sep 2016 Director of United Methodist Relief Work in the United States Accepts New Position
Gregory A. Forrester, UMCOR’s U.S. Disaster Response executive, resigns to accept new post as CEO of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD).
Cash donations are among the best ways to help in an emergency. Other material donations may seem appropriate but can easily overwhelm a community that is already reeling from a disaster. PHOTO CREDIT: Susan Kim
15 Sep 2016 Donate This, Not That!
Know the best ways you can help when disaster strikes.
14 Sep 2016 UMCOR Builds a Future with Vulnerable Communities in Haiti
Pavilus Linoise, a single mother of four, is proud of the business she is growing, thanks to training she received from UMCOR Haiti’s SEED project.
8 Sep 2016 UMC ERT Volunteers response to Hermine
South Carolina United Methodists celebrate “Labor Day of Love” helping families impacted by Tropical Storm Hermine.
30 Aug 2016 The Strength of Flood Survivors in West Virginia
Pastor Lee Ann Dunlap of Grace UMC in McConnelsville, Ohio, shares her experience after visiting some of the hardest-hit communities in West Virginia affected by severe flooding.
18 Aug 2016 UMCOR Responds to Louisiana Floods
In the wake of severe flooding in Louisiana, UMCOR assists the Louisiana Annual Conference with grant funds and several thousand cleaning buckets for distribution to affected households.
Caption: Through a partnership, UMCOR helped bring service dogs to visit children who live in a Florida community recovering from tornadoes.  Photo: Camp Fire Century Youth Learning Center
18 Aug 2016 How UMCOR Stretches Your “Disaster Dollar”
What is a “low-attention” disaster?
UMCOR holds a training workshop in disaster risk reduction and emergency response for 40 community leaders in Juliaca, the capital of San Roman Province in the Puno Region of southeastern Peru.
16 Aug 2016 Peru: Building Capacity to Reduce Disaster Risk
UMCOR trains communities in Peru how to protect themselves against future hazards, lessening their risk of disasters, and empowering them to respond.
A repaired borehole at Kafura Secondary School is made possible after UMCOR facilitates a practical training in repairs and upkeep for village water pump caretakers. Photo: UMCOR Zimbabwe
11 Aug 2016 In Zimbabwe, UMCOR Equips Community to Ensure Safe Water
In Zimbabwe, UMCOR revitalizes a water-point committee and equips them to rehabilitate and maintain its clean water source at Kafura Secondary School.
11 Aug 2016 Flood Recovery Wraps Up
Volunteers are still needed to help Detroit residents repair their damaged homes two years after devastating floods.
In a remote and impoverished district of central Cambodia, UMCOR and partner provide nearly 300 school kits to students at Lvea Primary School.
9 Aug 2016 With UMCOR School Kits, Cambodian Children Are Ready to Study
In rural Cambodia, UMCOR and partner provide students nearly 17,000 school kits.
The new relief-supply depot in West Virginia has seen a ring of support that has helped thousands of flood survivors.
4 Aug 2016 New Relief-Supply Depot Enhances Preparedness and Response
A new disaster relief-supply depot in West Virginia is helping thousands of flood survivors.
Thanks to UMCOR’s support, cyclone-affected communities in Sri Lanka receive water purification units from GlobalMedic.  Photo: GlobalMedic
4 Aug 2016 Sri Lanka: Interlocking Assistance After Cyclone Damage
UMCOR partners with several organizations to serve the differing needs of cyclone-affected communities in Sri Lanka.
3 Aug 2016 Innovative Partnership to Beat Hunger in Zimbabwe
UMCOR undertakes an innovative partnership in Zimbabwe to help Zimbabweans tackle the harsh effects of climate change that is affecting their ability to feed their families.
28 Jul 2016 South Sudanese Villagers Own Their Future
UMCOR supports South Sudan’s grassroots efforts for community involvement of local government investment activities.
Members of Laredo United Methodist Church assemble relief-supply kits. Photo: Paul Harris
26 Jul 2016 “We Need More People to Gather Supplies”
Pray, pack relief-supplies, and give.
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.

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