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The UMCOR Hotline for April 20, 2016

In this issue of the UMCOR Hotline, read about UMCOR's continued assistance to bring relief aid to Syrians forced to flee their homes, and watch a video produced by GlobalMedic of young Filipino workers who contributed to the rebuilding of homes in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan.

> NEWS: UMCOR AID FOR UPROOTED SYRIANS CONTINUES
> MEDIA: REBUILDING WITH THE “BLOCK BOYS” IN THE PHILIPPINES

NEWS: UMCOR AID FOR UPROOTED SYRIANS CONTINUES
International Blue Crescent is helping Syrian children get the support they need, after they were uprooted by the conflict and some lost their parents.
As the complex conflict in Syria surpasses its fifth full year, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is continuing its aid for Syrians forced to flee their strife-torn homes.

UMCOR, through its partners, is extending assistance to those displaced within Syria and those who have fled to neighboring countries and beyond.

In a district north of Damascus, the Syrian capital, UMCOR is working with a trusted regional partner, International Blue Crescent (IBC), to supply some 1,000 displaced families with urgently needed food packages.

“Many of these internally displaced persons [IDPs] have been made homeless multiple times, but due to repeated shifts in the fighting, they often are much more difficult to reach and support,” noted Laurie Felder, executive secretary for UMCOR International Disaster Response.

In March, the Syrian conflict marked its fifth anniversary. A ceasefire brokered earlier this year and that went into effect on February 27 continues to hold, allowing space for increased humanitarian assistance. But, as the United Nations noted, “intermittent fighting, shifting conflict lines, and persisting deprivation have continued to displace people across the country.”

Read the full story, and support this work with your gifts to Global Refugee/Migration, Advance #3022144, which will help UMCOR meet the needs of those fleeing conflict in Syria and elsewhere.


MEDIA: REBUILDING WITH THE “BLOCK BOYS” IN THE PHILIPPINES

In 2013, Typhoon Haiyan (also known as Yolanda) devastated the Philippines. The typhoon claimed the lives of more than 6,300 people, destroyed more than a million homes, and left some 5 million people homeless.

In the wake of the tragedy, a group of six young Filipino workers, known as the “Block Boys” rose out of Haiyan’s devastation to become a part of the country’s rebuilding solution. They worked with GlobalMedic in a program supported by UMCOR, to make compressed-earth blocks to use in building new homes. The work helped them gain new skills and earn an income to support their families. Later, they contributed to the building of evacuation shelters, also supported by UMCOR.

One of the “Block Boys” was among those chosen to receive a newly-constructed home, which he also helped to build.

Watch the inspiring story now.

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 41444 to support our relief efforts around the world. 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.

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 with them.

 
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Image 1: International Blue Crescent is helping Syrian children get the support they need, after they were uprooted by the conflict and some lost their parents. Photo: IBC


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