United Methodist Committee on Relief

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 are showing signs of improved health due to the use of smokeless stoves.


Last year, UMCOR supported IOCC in providing school kits and hygiene kits to Syrian refugee students in Jordan.
According to U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), an estimated nine million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of civil war in March 2011. Jordan is among the countries most affected by the Syrian refugee crisis. Nearly 10 percent of the country’s population are refugees from Syria.

Nearly 81 percent of Syrian refugees in Jordan are living outside of camps, in local communities, and 86 percent of the refugees are living below the Jordanian poverty line, according to UNHCR. The number of food-insecure Syrian refugee families has also increased from six percent in 2014 to 22 percent in early 2015. As a result, refugee and host communities resort to negative coping strategies such as early marriage, child labor, and survival sex.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) recently approved a grant to support partner International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) to provide food aid for Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanian host community families in Jordan.

IOCC will bring much needed relief through the distribution of 1,570 food parcels that will benefit 7,850 individuals, including Syrian refugees and Jordanian families, to help meet their most basic day-to-day needs.

You can support this work with your gifts to Global Refugee/Migration Advance #3022144.


In Pamlathum, Nepal, women spend about six hours each day cooking on stoves that spew poisonous fumes.

UMCOR is supporting partner Rural Integrated Development Services, which is helping villagers install smokeless stoves. Now, Nepali women and their families are living in a cleaner environment, and are finding a decrease in respiratory and eye diseases.

Watch now to learn more.

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:

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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: Last year, UMCOR supported IOCC in providing school kits and hygiene kits to Syrian refugee students in Jordan. Photo: IOCC

Video: Families in Nepal are breathing cleaner air indoors when they use smokeless stoves provided by UMCOR partner Rural Integrated Development Services- Switzerland.


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