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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.
Local churches have been a foundation of response during 11 months of recurring storms in Houston and throughout Texas. Photo: Carol Greenslate
5 May 2016 Texas Churches Bring Hope Amid Disasters
UMCOR equips local churches to respond.
3 May 2016 Ecuador: Aid for Earthquake Recovery
UMCOR is responding with food and water to communities affected by the April 16 earthquake in Ecuador.
Mean Thorn, a woman in the Cambodian village of Somrith, works harvesting rice. She is a member of a community rice bank organized by the Community Health and Agricultural Development program of the Methodist Mission in Cambodia.
21 Apr 2016 Cambodian Farmers Plant their Future
UMCOR supports sustainable farming in Cambodia so farmers have enough food for their families.
19 Apr 2016 Bishop Seeks Help, Prayers for Ecuador
As relief agencies deploy following an earthquake in Ecuador, Bishop Silvio Cevallos, Evangelical UMC of Ecuador, makes an appeal for prayer.
A woman clears debris from the front of her home after Tropical Cyclone Winston, the most powerful storm on record in the southern hemisphere, struck the Fiji islands in February. Photo: Laurie Felder
19 Apr 2016 Recovery After Fiji Cyclone
UMCOR partners with the Methodist Church in Fiji to provide assistance after Tropical Cyclone Winston bore down in late February.
18 Apr 2016 Ruben’s Tree
How many of us even notice roadside vegetation? Read how an UMCOR driver lovingly cared for a dying tree in Armenia. Earth Day is April 22.
International Blue Crescent is helping Syrian children get the support they need, after being uprooted in the conflict, and after some lost their parents. Photo: IBC
15 Apr 2016 UMCOR Aid for Uprooted Syrians Continues
As the conflict in Syria continues, UMCOR continues its aid for Syrians forced to flee their homes through the provision of food packages.
In the wake of devastating fires, there are many ways to contribute to recovery in the Pacific Northwest. Photo: Jason Kriess.
14 Apr 2016 Fire Recovery: “Living Out My Faith”
How mission-driven recovery is taking place.
As U.S. storms strike many states, UMCOR brings immediate relief and supports long-term recovery.
7 Apr 2016 No Small Disasters: UMCOR Helps Many
As U.S. storms strike many states, UMCOR brings immediate relief and supports long-term recovery.
Marylyn Wesley and villagers in Bas Boen clean a harvest of beans from once barren fields. Photo: UMCOR Haiti
5 Apr 2016 Sowing Hope in Haiti
UMCOR’s agriculture program in Bas Boen, Haiti, turns barren lands into lush, green fields, helping communities thrive and earn a steady income.
UMCOR is working in partnership with the Malawi United Methodist Church in a project focusing on the Madisi area in Malawi’s central region of Dowa. The partnership is ensuring delivery of dry rations like maize, beans, and salt to families in need. Photo: Hugo Ngwira
31 Mar 2016 Malawi: Drought Need Not Equal Famine
Countering hunger by way of dry rations in times of crop failure and drought in Malawi.
In South Carolina, thousands of homes need repairs after damaging floods last fall. Photo: Jessica Brodie
29 Mar 2016 South Carolina Needs Volunteers
Volunteers are needed for flood recovery in South Carolina, which may take three years.
29 Mar 2016 Easter Attack on Pakistan’s Christians
Church of Pakistan leaders pray for an end to religious extremism after terrorist attack on a large number of Christians and those of other faiths.
29 Mar 2016 Hope for the Long Haul
As solutions for the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, are being explored, relief for its residents continue.
28 Mar 2016 Statement on the Pakistan Attack
General Secretary Thomas Kemper expresses solidarity with the Church of Pakistan, and to the families of those killed or injured in the recent Pakistan attack.
23 Mar 2016 UMCOR Takes Stock, Looks to the Future
UMCOR has tripled its response to disasters large and small around the world.
In Uganda, UMCOR’s partner, Whave, helps communities engage in public-private partnerships that ensure clean water flows reliably.  Photo: Emma Goring
22 Mar 2016 “Wait Until It Breaks?” Not in Uganda
Clean water flows in Uganda.
In the Dominican Republic, one vulnerable area for disaster is the Municipio Las Terrenas, where houses are situated by the river. During rainy season, the river bank overflows affecting villagers’ homes, causing loss of life, and damage to property.
17 Mar 2016 Dominican Republic: Improving Conditions, Preventing Disasters
UMCOR is working with Fundación Plenitud in the Dominican Republic to develop an effective community preparedness plan to reduce Las Terrenas’ vulnerability to flooding.
(Center) Yovanna Troansky, UMCOR’s disaster risk reduction executive, assists a team working on mock assessments of disaster risk during the UMCOR International Disaster Response training in Grenada, Feb. 22-26, 2016. The training provided disaster planning skills to UMCOR’s Caribbean partners.
15 Mar 2016 UMCOR Hosts Disaster Training in Caribbean
Partners from 13 Caribbean islands gather for UMCOR’s fifth International Disaster Response training in Grenada.
A child plays in a preschool in Ein El Helweh camp in Lebanon. UMCOR partnered with American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) to repair, repaint and refurnish the preschools in Burj El Barajneh and Ein El Helweh camps to benefit Syrian refugee children. Photo: ANERA
10 Mar 2016 Light in the Darkness in Syria
A look at UMCOR’s support of displaced populations affected by the Syria conflict, which is now entering its sixth year of war.

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