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Last year, UMCOR supported IOCC in providing school kits and hygiene kits to Syrian refugee students in Jordan.
15 Jun 2016 The UMCOR Hotline for June 15, 2016
In this issue of the UMCOR Hotline, UMCOR supports a partner in Jordan that is providing food relief for Syrian refugees and Jordanian host communities; and watch a video from Nepal where communities ...
The Momotombo volcano in Nicaragua, which began erupting for the first time in a century last December, stands on the shores of Lago de Managua.  Photo: Wikimedia Commons
14 Jun 2016 Nicaragua: Protection Against Volcano’s Aftermath
UMCOR helps families in Nicaragua breathe easier after the Momotombo volcano spewed ash that caused respiratory issues in El Paplonal.
Churches can respond to disasters with relief supplies and human compassion because church members receive training in how to respond. Photo: Carol Greenslate
9 Jun 2016 ‘Season for Preparedness’ is Now
As the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season begins, UMCOR’s Connecting Neighbors program can ready the local church for disaster response.
In their formal dress, a caravan of Lumad indigenous people march in the streets. Photo: Salupongan International
8 Jun 2016 Food Aid for Displaced Indigenous in Philippines
UMCOR and local partner BALSA Mindanao provide food aid to displaced Lumad indigenous people living in evacuation centers in the Philippines, after they were forcibly displaced from their homes in 201 ...
Families in Nepal are breathing cleaner air indoors when they use smokeless stoves provided by UMCOR partner Rural Integrated Development Services - Switzerland (RIDS).
2 Jun 2016 Improving Health with Smokeless Stoves
Families in Pamlathum, Nepal, are living in a cleaner environment and finding a decrease in respiratory and eye diseases through the use of smokeless stoves.
26 May 2016 Sri Lanka: Ready to Beat the Next Disaster
Communities in Sri Lanka’s Ratnapura District are working to increase their resilience to potential disasters with support from UMCOR.
A GlobalMedic worker distributes a Rainfresh water-purification unit to a community member in Ecuador.
19 May 2016 The UMCOR Hotline for May 19, 2016
News: ‘UMCOR Sunday’ Replaces One Great Hour of Sharing; Media: Ecuador Earthquake Response
18 May 2016 Four Areas of Focus Reaffirmed
A look at the achievements and vision for the denomination’s Four Areas of Focus for the next quadrennium.
17 May 2016 United Methodists Authorize ‘UMCOR Sunday’
The United Methodist Church renames One Great Hour of Sharing to ‘UMCOR Sunday’ during the church’s legislating General Conference meeting in Portland, Oregon.
16 May 2016 UMCOR Partners in Response, Recovery, and Reducing Risk
In times of disaster, UMCOR is a valuable partner for assessing relief needs, planning long-term recovery, and helping communities prepare for the next disaster before it strikes.
10 May 2016 In Armenia, a New Beginning
UMCOR Armenia has evolved into an independent, self-sustaining, national nonprofit organization called UMCOR Armenia Foundation.
Local churches have been a foundation of response during 11 months of recurring storms in Houston and throughout Texas. Photo: Carol Greenslate
5 May 2016 Texas Churches Bring Hope Amid Disasters
UMCOR equips local churches to respond.
The southeast Texas town of Deweyville, Texas, experienced heavy flooding during Holy Week last month, including the Deweyville United Methodist Church, shown here.
4 May 2016 The UMCOR Hotline for May 4, 2016
UMCOR Responds to Texas Floods; Media: Cash Assistance in Iraq
3 May 2016 Ecuador: Aid for Earthquake Recovery
UMCOR is responding with food and water to communities affected by the April 16 earthquake in Ecuador.
Mean Thorn, a woman in the Cambodian village of Somrith, works harvesting rice. She is a member of a community rice bank organized by the Community Health and Agricultural Development program of the Methodist Mission in Cambodia.
21 Apr 2016 Cambodian Farmers Plant their Future
UMCOR supports sustainable farming in Cambodia so farmers have enough food for their families.
International Blue Crescent is helping Syrian children get the support they need, after they were uprooted by the conflict and some lost their parents.
20 Apr 2016 The UMCOR Hotline for April 20, 2016
UMCOR Aid for Uprooted Syrians Continues; Media: Rebuilding with the “Block Boys” in the Philippines
19 Apr 2016 Bishop Seeks Help, Prayers for Ecuador
As relief agencies deploy following an earthquake in Ecuador, Bishop Silvio Cevallos, Evangelical UMC of Ecuador, makes an appeal for prayer.
A woman clears debris from the front of her home after Tropical Cyclone Winston, the most powerful storm on record in the southern hemisphere, struck the Fiji islands in February. Photo: Laurie Felder
19 Apr 2016 Recovery After Fiji Cyclone
UMCOR partners with the Methodist Church in Fiji to provide assistance after Tropical Cyclone Winston bore down in late February.
18 Apr 2016 Ruben’s Tree
How many of us even notice roadside vegetation? Read how an UMCOR driver lovingly cared for a dying tree in Armenia. Earth Day is April 22.
International Blue Crescent is helping Syrian children get the support they need, after being uprooted in the conflict, and after some lost their parents. Photo: IBC
15 Apr 2016 UMCOR Aid for Uprooted Syrians Continues
As the conflict in Syria continues, UMCOR continues its aid for Syrians forced to flee their homes through the provision of food packages.
In the wake of devastating fires, there are many ways to contribute to recovery in the Pacific Northwest. Photo: Jason Kriess.
14 Apr 2016 Fire Recovery: “Living Out My Faith”
How mission-driven recovery is taking place.
As U.S. storms strike many states, UMCOR brings immediate relief and supports long-term recovery.
7 Apr 2016 No Small Disasters: UMCOR Helps Many
As U.S. storms strike many states, UMCOR brings immediate relief and supports long-term recovery.
UMCOR is working in partnership with the Malawi United Methodist Church to deliver dry foods to families in need.
6 Apr 2016 The UMCOR Hotline for April 6, 2016
News: Food Relief for Malawi; Media: India Flood Response
Marylyn Wesley and villagers in Bas Boen clean a harvest of beans from once barren fields. Photo: UMCOR Haiti
5 Apr 2016 Sowing Hope in Haiti
UMCOR’s agriculture program in Bas Boen, Haiti, turns barren lands into lush, green fields, helping communities thrive and earn a steady income.
UMCOR is working in partnership with the Malawi United Methodist Church in a project focusing on the Madisi area in Malawi’s central region of Dowa. The partnership is ensuring delivery of dry rations like maize, beans, and salt to families in need. Photo: Hugo Ngwira
31 Mar 2016 Malawi: Drought Need Not Equal Famine
Countering hunger by way of dry rations in times of crop failure and drought in Malawi.

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