United Methodist Committee on Relief

March 24, 2016 | UMCOR Hotline

The UMCOR Hotline for March 24, 2016

In this issue of the UMCOR Hotline, learn about recently approved grants for earthquake recovery in Haiti and flood recovery in South Carolina; also view a recap of UMCOR’s support of displaced populations affected by the Syria conflict, now entering its sixth year.


Haitian earthquake survivor Marie Josette Joseph outside her new house, which was provided by UMCOR through partners Church World Service, and which she helped to build herself.
Last week, during Global Ministries’ board of directors meeting, directors for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) approved a new $1 million grant for Haiti.

The grant funds will go to rebuild homes and provide integrated development support—water, livelihoods, and food security—for 130 families in the communities of Ganthier and Boen, which continue to recover from the devastating 2010 earthquake. The grant will be implemented by longtime partner Church World Service.

In the United States, the directors approved a grant in the amount of $900,000, for the South Carolina Conference that will assist families and individuals impacted by record flooding in that state last fall. The board already had approved a $100,000 bridge grant for the conference in the early days of the disaster.

Read the full story, which recaps the work of UMCOR in the last four years, and learn about its priority focus for the season ahead.

Your gifts to UMCOR, Undesignated Advance #999895, helps UMCOR respond to emergencies where it is needed most.


In the last five years, the war in Syria has claimed the lives of more than a quarter million people. About 4.5 million have fled the country, and 7.6 million have been displaced within Syria.

UMCOR has worked with local and international partners to respond to critical needs of those affected by this conflict, both within Syria and in the nearby countries to which they’ve fled.

Since 2011, UMCOR has provided more than $3.5 million in emergency assistance to confront the crises in Syria and Iraq. It has provided emergency food supplies, health care, shelter, psychosocial support, education support, and even mine removal. The aid includes nearly $900,000 in relief-supply kits, including hygiene, school, layette, and birthing kits.

Watch this video for a recap of UMCOR’s response in Syria, and support this work with your gifts to Global Refugees/Migration, Advance #3022144.

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 Caption

Image 1: Haitian earthquake survivor Marie Josette Joseph outside her new house, which was provided by UMCOR through partners Church World Service, and which she helped to build herself. Photo: Church World Service


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