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Village Livelihood Groups offer Sri Lankans reason to stay and build their own businesses rather than navigate the uncertain waters of migration to Australia.
1 May 2014 Sri Lanka: Village Livelihoods vs. Migration
Village Livelihood Groups in Sri Lanka help prevent risky migration to Australia by empowering individuals to build and manage small businesses.
1 May 2014 Assessing Relief, Recovery Needs
UMCOR-trained Early Response Teams assess relief needs days after tornadoes devastated parts of the US.
Isabel Gonzalez, a midwife with Acción Médica Cristiana, teaches women how to do regular pre-natal checkups.
1 May 2014 Survive and Thrive
An integrated approach to maternal and child health projects educate and empower women. Support this work in observance of Mother’s Day, May 11.
30 Apr 2014 Relief Kits for Tornado Survivors
Assembling relief kits is one way you can help tornado survivors right now.
29 Apr 2014 Preparedness, training: key to tornado response
Training and advance preparation are making for an effective, local response to a rash of tornadoes.
On April 17, 2013, a huge explosion in the town of West killed 15 people and damaged hundreds of homes.
29 Apr 2014 Texas Town Marks one Year Since Blast
On April 17, 2013, a huge explosion in the town of West killed 15 people and damaged hundreds of homes.
28 Apr 2014 Prayers and relief in wake of deadly storms
UMCOR is in contact with United Methodist conferences in the seven states affected by Sunday’s severe storms.
28 Apr 2014 United Methodist Women/UMCOR partnership announced at Assembly
UMCOR and UMW announce joint initiative on maternal health during the April 25-27 assembly in Kentucky.
UMCOR helped rehabilitate war-zone territories, including the rebuilding homes and communities.
24 Apr 2014 Legacy of Compassion in Afghanistan
After more than a decade of relief and development work in Afghanistan, UMCOR closes its country office, leaving behind a legacy of compassion.
In Jamkhed, India, an infant gets neonatal care through the Comprehensive Rural Health Project supported by UMCOR.
24 Apr 2014 Abundant Health through Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding during the first six months of a child’s life has benefits for both mother and child.
23 Apr 2014 Top Four Worst – and Best – Ways to Help After a Disaster
Be certain to couple your compassion with good judgment on the best ways to help disaster survivors.
Members of a United Methodist Volunteers in Mission Team from the Indiana Conference pose with homeowner Edward Ortiz (center) in front of the team's construction trailer in Minot, N.D. The team helped gut the interior of Ortiz' home and clean up. From left are Kelly Krause, Joe Minor, Ortiz, Tim Guth and the Rev. John Windell. UMNS/MIKE DUBOSE
23 Apr 2014 Three Years After Flood, Minot Keeps the Faith
Countless people of faith responded following historic flood.
22 Apr 2014 ‘Where There’s a Need, We’re There’
UMCOR’s international disaster response isn’t limited to catastrophes that make the headlines.
UMCOR’s Facilitating Alleviation of Trash through Recycling Associations (FATRA) program, helps reduce the amount of trash in Bobin, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, while generating income for individuals that wish to recycle.
17 Apr 2014 Trash is Cash in Haiti
UMCOR Haiti tackles environmental waste through a recycling program, while Haitian community members profit.
16 Apr 2014 In Zimbabwe: Empowering Communities to Fight Malaria
Community members from Chimanimani District continue the fight against malaria.
In Dulac, Louisiana, residents take a boat to travel to their home after Hurricane Ike submerged much of the town.  Ike was the most intense Atlantic storm of 2008 and the third costliest storm in the U.S.  This is compared to Hurricane Katrina (2005) which ranks number one as the costliest storm to hit the U.S., followed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, which takes the number two position.
15 Apr 2014 Climate Change Has Become a Disaster
Caring for God's creation is responding to human needs in the wake of disasters and also addressing the effects of climate change.
15 Apr 2014 UMCOR Board Approves Philippines, Haiti, and US Grants
UMCOR’s board of directors approves more than $5 million in grants for work in the Philippines, Haiti and the United States.
10 Apr 2014 General Secretary’s Report: God’s Mission and Human Rights
With a focus on human rights in mission, Thomas Kemper’s semiannual report to directors highlighted one of Global Ministries’ mission goals, to “seek justice, freedom and peace.”
Imagine No Malaria efforts reach and teach hundreds of thousands.
10 Apr 2014 Beating Malaria, One Household at a Time
Imagine No Malaria efforts reach and teach hundreds of thousands.
10 Apr 2014 ‘The Kits are Coming!’
When congregations engage in relief supplies ministry, they do a world of good through UMCOR.
9 Apr 2014 New Hope and Life
UMCOR’s top executive, the Rev. Denise Honeycutt, reflects on UMCOR’s role to walk alongside survivors, following the footsteps of Jesus.
UMCOR expands disaster risk reduction projects with CASA, a partner in India, to equip communities to prepare for disasters.
8 Apr 2014 India: Readiness and Reducing Risks
UMCOR expands disaster risk reduction projects with CASA, a partner in India, to equip communities to prepare for disasters.
4 Apr 2014 Mudslide update: Our impact, dollars at work for Oso relief
Pacific Northwest Annual Conference shares an update on United Methodist’s response to Oso, Washington mudslide disaster.
Through the UMCOR-supported DOS Medical Commodities Distribution Program in Armenia, quality healthcare is accessible to mothers, children and entire communities.
3 Apr 2014 From Safe Motherhood to Healthy Generations
Armenian doctor gives special care and attention to maternal and child healthcare needs to ensure healthy future generations.
3 Apr 2014 A Blessing for the People of Chile
The Rev. Jack Amick offers a prayer of blessing for Chile following an earthquake which shook the country on April 1.

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