United Methodist Committee on Relief

March 10, 2016 | UMCOR Hotline

The UMCOR Hotline for March 10, 2016

In this issue of the UMCOR Hotline, learn about an UMCOR pilot project in South Sudan that is empowering local communities to address their own development needs; and share a meme that spotlights the need for clean water in observance of World Water Day, March 22.



Since 2006, UMCOR has addressed the needs of conflict-affected communities and vulnerable groups in South Sudan through the provision of basic services and sustainable livelihood opportunities.

Now, a new UMCOR project, Yei’s Voice, will engage and empower local communities in Lasu Payam, Yei River County, to participate in the planning and development of their own community needs. Through this pilot project, UMCOR will facilitate technical knowledge to help communities identify and meet their needs. Areas of focus might include sustainable agriculture and food security; economic recovery and livelihoods; water, sanitation, and hygiene; education; or disaster risk reduction.

Yei’s Voice is also an opportunity for churches to partner with South Sudan and walk alongside communities as they assess, plan, prioritize, and take ownership of their own development needs.

Could your church become a Yei’s Voice supporter? Read how members of Saratoga Springs UMC learned about the needs in South Sudan and became the first congregation to contribute to this project.

UMCOR is working in coordination with the ongoing work of our secular and faith-based partners in Yei River County.

Watch the video to learn more, or contact Hannah Hanson at to learn how your church can partner in this work.

Women gather with their children and wait to be seen by a doctor at the Nyori Primary Health Care Unit in Yei River County, South Sudan.
Water is essential for life. Yet, 663 million people around the world do not have adequate access to it. For many, even when water is accessible, it may not be clean.

In observance of World Water Day, March 22, share this “No one should have to drink this water” meme through your social media networks. It highlights an area of the Juckucha River in Bolivia, where produce used to grow in abundance. Today, however, the river is polluted with heavy, toxic metals resulting from unregulated mining operations.

UMCOR has been working with partner Engineers in Action to seek innovative solutions to this far-reaching problem and clean up the Juckucha River.

Read more about this work and support UMCOR’s Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene program, which is helping vulnerable communities gain better access to clean water by locating safe water sources, educating communities, and improving sanitation.

UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit 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:

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.

Photo Caption

Image 1: The Juckucha River in Bolivia, where the water is polluted with heavy, toxic metals resulting from mining operations. Photo: Mike Barbee


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