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UMCOR News Stories 2017

Water is Hope
Water is essential to life, and access to it greatly affects the quality of life for millions. Access to safe drinking water makes the difference between which child stays in school and which child i ...
Response to Humanitarian Crises in the Horn of Africa
Civil strife and famine in South Sudan, the world’s youngest country, are tearing thousands of people from their homes, leading to starvation and lack of access to clean water.
Dr. Olusimbo Ige named interim executive director of UMCOR
Dr. Olusimbo Ige was named interim executive director of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), effective March 31, 2017, by Thomas Kemper, general secretary of the General Board of Global ...
UMCOR Sunday is March 26, 2017
For more than 50 years, United Methodist congregations have been taking part in a special UMCOR Sunday offering, laying the foundation for UMCOR’s ministry of relief and hope.
Internally Displaced Students Persevere to Complete their Basic Education
In East Darfur State, there are significant challenges to education. UMCOR is receiving funding from the CHF to rehabilitate school buildings and develop better capacity in teachers....
Be Bold for Change: Celebrating Women Globally
Global Health celebrates International Women's Day
New Homes in Cabaret, Haiti
As part of UMCOR’s intervention evaluation, 40 households were identified as the most vulnerable—those who need integrated support.
The Gift of Hygiene Kits in South Sudan
In South Sudan, girls must overcome many obstacles to enter and stay in school. Sometimes, for those coming from low-income families....
Go Ahead. You are Free Now.
It began with a call from U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata of the Desert Southwest Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
UMCOR Emergency Grant for Mozambique Communities Affected by Cyclone Dineo
On February 16, 2017, Inhambane, Mozambique was struck by winds of more than 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) and battered by torrential rain and rough seas.
God's Grace And Hope Available For All
A cornerstone of UMCOR’s ministry is Disaster Response—including both international and US-based disaster-response coordination.
UMCOR Earns Coveted 4-STAR Rating From Charity Navigator
UMCOR Earns Coveted 4-STAR Rating From Charity Navigator
Case Story: Water and Sanitation Project Beneficiary
During a Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) campaign, a group of Community Health Club (CHC) members visited our family and taught us good environmental...
Binga Food Story: One Plateful at a Time
The theme of the food fairs was “Traditional Foods for Health and Well-Being.” Participants were required to prepare a balanced meal of their choice using traditional ingredients.
The Church Responds to Its Neighbors After South Georgia Tornadoes
The community was once full of life, but today people are displaced throughout South Georgia.
Saba Banik: Finding Hope
Saba Banik, 31, lives in the village of Moheshkangla. Recent flooding washed away her home. Banik and her husband are farmers with two young daughters and a son.
Fariha Khalil: Achieving Self-Sufficiency
Fariha Khalil, 89, is from the small village of Batpiary, and like many other senior citizens, she lives alone. Although she receives a monthly stipend from the government, most of that is spent on me ...
Sami Azim: Inspired to Move Forward
During the recent flooding, Azim’s home was devastated by the Jamuna River, not once but twice. Not to be deterred by the loss of his land, he and his family moved to rented land nearby.
Catherine Earl to Lead UMCOR’s Disaster Response and US Operations Partner Relations
Catherine G. Earl, who has been associated with UMCOR since 2002, was named to the position by Thomas Kemper, chief executive of the General Board of Global Ministries...
Global Ministries to Host World Council of Churches Public Event on ‘Mission from the Margins’ in January
This public event will feature reflection and discussion on “mission from the margins” in anticipation of the World Council of Churches’...
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