United Methodist Committee on Relief

The UMCOR Hotline for July 27, 2016

In this issue of the UMCOR Hotline, learn how UMCOR and the Methodist Church of Kenya are helping flood survivors with food aid; and watch a video of volunteers assembling relief supplies at the UMCOR depots in Baldwin, Louisiana, and Salt Lake City, Utah.


Tropical Cyclone Fantala, considered to be the strongest tropical cyclone to hit the south-west Indian Ocean in terms of sustained winds, triggered prolonged heavy rainfall in several Kenya coastal areas, resulting in severe flooding last April.

Nairobi and Mombasa county were particularly affected by the flooding. In Nairobi, poor drainage systems caused severe flooding, and in Mombasa county, flooding occurred due to overflowing rivers. The floods caused destruction to the community along the river banks and the coastal line.

In response, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) approved an emergency grant to the Methodist Church of Kenya to provide three months of food supplies to 350 of the most vulnerable households affected by the flooding.

The food supplies will be purchased locally and distributed to about 1,400 individuals after the most vulnerable people are identified by the Methodist Church of Kenya. Food aid will go to those in areas most affected by the flooding such as the Mukuru slums in Nairobi county and Kawale district in Mombasa county.

Your gifts to International Disaster Response, Advance #982450, enable UMCOR to provide a quick response to meet emergency needs around the world.


Relief-supply kits help provide care for the most vulnerable people during times of crisis. UMCOR collects six types of kits for global distribution and cleaning buckets for U.S. distribution after storms.

The kits help sustain everyday life for people who lack ready access to essential supplies.

View this slideshow of volunteers who prepared and assembled relief-supply kits for distribution at both the UMCOR Sager Brown and UMCOR West depots.

Visit the UMCOR Relief Supply web page for more information and consider coordinating a team to assemble kits at your local congregation.

UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit You can donate to any project by placing a contribution in the offering plate at a local United Methodist church by sending a check to:

PO Box 9068
New York, NY 10087-9068
or by calling 1-800-554-8583, where credit card donations are accepted. You can also give online by clicking any of the "DONATE" links or make a $10 donation anytime by texting "UMCOR" to 41444 to support our relief efforts around the world. UMCOR is exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States and qualifies for the maximum charitable contribution deduction by donors.

Please pray for those who are hungry, displaced, sick, or in poverty because of these and other natural and human-made disasters, and for the workers who minister with them.
Photo & Video Caption

Image 1: Volunteers load boxes of relief supplies onto a truck at the UMCOR Sager Brown depot in Baldwin, La. Photo: Ted Warnock

Video: Ted Warnock/Sager Brown and Maika Tukuafu/UMCOR West


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