United Methodist Committee on Relief

UMCOR News Stories

25 Aug 2015 From Katrina to Detroit: New Collaborations
After severe 2014 flooding in Detroit, responders draw on Hurricane Katrina connections.
25 Aug 2015 Mission Reborn from Katrina’s Destruction
From the depths of the 2005 hurricane that caused massive damage and suffering along the Gulf Coast, new United Methodist ministries arose.
25 Aug 2015 Volunteers Put Lives, Homes Back Together After Katrina
In the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina, tens of thousands of volunteers have repaired nearly 2,500 homes and countless dreams in Slidell, La.
In the town of Waveland, Miss., only one building was left standing on Main Street. FEMA/Annette Foglino
20 Aug 2015 A Time of Terror — and Caring — After Katrina
Hurricane Katrina brought a new set of rules for response among faith-based and voluntary agencies.
Nepalese school students enjoy purified water provided through an UMCOR-supported program of partnership with GlobalMedic. Photo: GlobalMedic
18 Aug 2015 Building Up Capacity of Local Partners in Nepal
UMCOR continues to work with, and build the capacity of several partners, to meet the needs of Nepal earthquake survivors.
Hundreds of homes in Oklahoma still need to be mucked out.  PHOTO CREDIT: Richard Norman
13 Aug 2015 Long-Term Recovery Begins after Severe Flooding in Oklahoma
Thousands in need in Oklahoma after record rainfall caused severe flooding.
A recently completed community evacuation shelter on the Eastern Visayas University campus near Tanauan, Philippines. It will serve surrounding populations during future emergencies, and is part of an UMCOR-supported integrated, community-based disaster risk reduction program. PHOTO CREDIT:  Yovanna Troansky
11 Aug 2015 UMCOR Completes Two Community Storm Shelters in the Philippines
UMCOR is helping at-risk communities protect themselves from typhoons and other hazards.
Hundreds of homes were damaged in central Texas during spring flooding.  PHOTO CREDIT: Laraine Waughtal
6 Aug 2015 Interreligious Partners Unite for Disaster Recovery in Texas
United Methodist conferences expand UMCOR resources as they connect with each other.
5 Aug 2015 A Flood of Hope
After devastating 2014 floods, Camp Noah gave Detroit children space to dream and look to the future.
A new fire truck will help the Northern Cheyenne community become more disaster resilient.  PHOTO CREDIT: Laurie Day
4 Aug 2015 Partnering with the Northern Cheyenne Tribe to Improve Fire Protection
Fighting fire with the Northern Cheyenne
30 Jul 2015 Aliza Stands Up for Her Education
A young South Sudanese woman finds courage to convince her father she should stay in school.
One of the many volunteers helping to remove flood-damaged items from a Detroit home and aiding in cleanup. Photo: Lawrence Matthews
30 Jul 2015 Helping Flood Survivors in Detroit Find a New Normal
Hundreds are in need one year after Detroit flooding.
29 Jul 2015 Food Aid for Yemen
In this video, UMCOR partner Muslim Aid chronicles food aid support for thousands of families affected by conflict in Yemen.
28 Jul 2015 In Italy, A Migrant's Story
Relying on her faith, Mariama survives shipwreck and brings her young children to a new life.
Ricardo Condori, Engineers in Action project director for the UMCOR-funded cleanup work in Potosi, Bolivia, points out toxic flow in the Juckucha River. Photo: Mike Barbee
28 Jul 2015 A Treated River in Bolivia Shows Visible Improvement
UMCOR and Engineers in Action tackle poisonous pollution in a Bolivian mining area, and now some 90,000 people are seeing their health prospects improve.
The Jhang district in Pakistan is an area prone to floods due to monsoon rains. Here, a number of people travel by boat to reach their destination.
23 Jul 2015 UMCOR Broadens its Scope of Support to Pakistan Partner
UMCOR provides training on disaster-risk reduction, but also includes water, sanitation and hygiene and agricultural development support for disaster-prone Jhang district in Pakistan.
Young people from Kansas apply a fresh coat of paint on flood-damaged buildings in Colorado.   Photo: First UMC of Lawrence Youth Group
21 Jul 2015 Young Kansas Volunteers Go from Recovery to Response
Young volunteers from Lawrence First UMC in Kansas help with Colorado flood recovery and unexpectedly became first responders due to new floods.
VBS Children in Texas Raise Nearly $1,500 for Nepal
16 Jul 2015 VBS Children in Texas Raise Nearly $1,500 for Nepal
How hundreds of children learned to climb Mount Everest while learning a valuable lesson on giving.
14 Jul 2015 Food Vouchers Offer Choice for Sicily’s Migrants
UMCOR is helping to meet the emergency needs of new arrivals in Sicily, Italy, through a voucher system that gives migrants food choices and values their dignity.
14 Jul 2015 UMCOR Volunteers Help Farmer Rebuild After Floods, Tornado
In Berthoud, Colorado, United Methodist volunteers in the spirit of UMCOR, help a neighbor clear out debris after two devastating disasters.
Youths from Savannah UMC in Savannah, Missouri, present UMCOR Technical Officer Mike Barbee with a $300 check. The youths raised the money to support UMCOR’s Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene work.  BANNER PHOTO CREDIT: Hannah Hanson
9 Jul 2015 UMCOR Celebrates with Youths at Y15
UMCOR shared with more than 4,000 young people its work to alleviate suffering around the world.
9 Jul 2015 Fire Protection for Northern Cheyenne Community
UMCOR grants to the Rocky Mountain Conference assists the Northern Cheyenne Reservation with a fire engine and the construction of fire engine garages across the reservation.
A volunteer team pauses in their work on a flood-damaged home in Colorado.  PHOTO CREDIT: Charmaine Robled
7 Jul 2015 Volunteers Needed!
To Do List: 1) Volunteer…
7 Jul 2015 Church Delivers Food, Water in Wake of Ebola
The United Methodist Church in Liberia is providing hot meals, food and building wells.
7 Jul 2015 Youths Support Flood Recovery in Rocky Mountain Conference
Lawrence, Kansas, youth group give their all to helping flood survivors in Colorado.

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