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20 Jun 2017 World Refugee Day: Standing with Refugees
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees defines a refugee as a person who is forced to flee their home because of violence, war, or persecution. Today, there are 65 million refugees in the w ...
13 Jun 2017 UMCOR—An Integral Member of the United Methodist Family
The UMC family puts its faith in UMCOR, and likewise, UMCOR clearly puts its faith in the UMC family.
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9 Jun 2017 Disaster Risk Reduction: Saving Lives through Empowerment
Communities in the Philippines are some of those vulnerable populations. Due to its position along fault lines and tectonic plates in the Pacific, the Philippines is susceptible to earthquakes, typhoo ...
7 Jun 2017 Global Ministries Names New Creation Care Ministry Executive
The Reverend Jenny Phillips, an experienced minister in environmental stewardship and advocacy, is the new manager of creation care ministries for the United Methodist Church General Board of Global M ...
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6 Jun 2017 Supporting Education for All Children
Around the world, 59 million children and 63 million adolescents have no opportunity to attend school. UMCOR country offices find ways to help their regional education systems enroll more students and ...
30 May 2017 The Essentials of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH)
Around the world, 783 million people lack reliable access to clean drinking water. UMCOR partners with many organizations in a variety of ways to provide communities with clean water and safe sanitati ...
28 May 2017 Menstrual Hygiene Day: Empowering Girls through Education
Across the developing world, the number one reason girls drop out of school is the lack of water and sanitation infrastructure to support their periods. Due cultural stigmas...
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24 May 2017 Hurricane Matthew Recovery Continues
In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew heavily damaged countries in the Caribbean as well as the East and Gulf coasts of the United States. A few weeks after the event...
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19 May 2017 Reaching Vulnerable Populations in Peru
In mid-March 2017, Peru experienced torrential rainfall, swelling the rivers and causing flash floods and landslides. Much of the northern and western region of the country...
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17 May 2017 Connecting Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security
International development ministries of the United Methodist Committee on Relief include sustainable agricultural methods and food security. Stories from Haiti, the DR Congo, and Zimbabwe.
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10 May 2017 UMCOR International Development
Javed Sheikh, UMCOR’s interim director for International Programs, summarizes some of the most recent activities of UMCOR’s five country offices.
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5 May 2017 Seven Years of UMCOR Response in Haiti
Over the last seven years, UMCOR has had the privilege of working with the Haitian community to develop resilience after the January 12, 2010 earthquake...
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4 May 2017 Reducing the Risk of Disaster
Vulnerable communities can take proactive steps to reduce the damage from storms and other hazards by assessing their risks and developing strategic plans before disasters happen--Yovanna Troansky, UM ...
4 May 2017 Severe Storms Strike Southern and Midwestern States
Midwestern and southern states were hit hard by tornadoes, flooding, and severe storms this past weekend...
If a church is ready for and not reeling from disaster, it can better help those in need.
25 Apr 2017 Connecting Neighbors for Disaster Response
Cathy Earl, director of Disaster Response and US Partner Relations for UMCOR, describes how UMCOR’s initial response following a disaster in the United States is to support United Methodists as they a ...
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18 Apr 2017 Union of Methodist and Walden Churches in Italy: Promoting Community-Led Initiatives in Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo
With support from the Otto per Mille of the Waldensian Church of Italy (Union of Methodist and Waldensian Churches), UMCOR’s country offices in Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are ...
18 Apr 2017 Doing Good Well
Jack Amick introduces the concept of “doing good well” in UMCOR’s disaster response ministries.
11 Apr 2017 UMCOR: On Behalf of All United Methodists to a World in Need
Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton urges every pastor and lay leader to understand and interpret the work of the United Methodist Committee on Relief in ways that make the United Methodist connection stronger ...
23 Mar 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 ...
20 Mar 2017 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.
14 Mar 2017 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 ...
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9 Mar 2017 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.
8 Mar 2017 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....
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8 Mar 2017 Be Bold for Change: Celebrating Women Globally
Global Health celebrates International Women's Day
7 Mar 2017 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.

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