UMCOR - Ways You Can Make a Difference

12/7/2011

UMCOR: GIFT CATALOG

Give a gift that will change the world this Christmas! UMCOR’s Gift Catalog is chock-full of ways you can help others as you give to loved ones. Give the gift of clean water for a family in Haiti, seeds for a farmer in West Africa, and more.

Share your gift by using one of the printable cards from the online giving system or insert a note about your gift in a card you purchase or make. Explore the UMCOR Gift Catalog today.

 

DR CONGO: AGENTS OF CHANGE

During a recent visit to Kamisamba United Methodist farm in the Democratic Republic of Congo, program staff from the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Sustainable Agriculture and Development program met with workers who were then preparing to grow corn on the farmland, which extends some 500 acres.

“Equipped with the knowledge they need to improve their lives, these workers, in return, can become the agents of change in their own community, without depending on external resources,” said June H. Kim, UMCOR’s World Hunger and Poverty executive.

 

The 30 farmers are community health workers and volunteers at Shungu Health Clinic and participants in the Ministry with the Poor program, a project of The United Methodist Church.

 

After their training, the group formed an association to promote and instill overall health and nutrition in their communities, and work together to grow vegetables at Kamisamba farm. Read more.

 

Support UMCOR’s Sustainable Agriculture and Development program by giving to UMCOR Advance #982188.

 

JFON: LITERALLY LIFESAVING

Rosa* was born in 1993, in Zacatecas, Mexico. Her father, Manuel,* and grandmother, Ana,* immigrated to the United States in hopes of better supporting their family.

 

When Rosa was five, she began to experience kidney problems and at seven, suffered a seizure and had to be rushed to the hospital. Doctors urged Ana to bring Rosa to the US for appropriate care.

 

On this advice, Ana and Rosa embarked on a perilous journey that nearly killed the child. She was immediately taken to the hospital and has had to receive nine hours of dialysis treatment every day for the last six years.

 

Her condition is very serious and she will eventually need an organ transplant to survive. Being undocumented, she is not eligible to be placed on the organ transplant list. JFON has stepped in to help.

 

Read the rest of Rosa’s story in First Monday, JFON’s monthly newsletter and support this important ministry of hospitality with your gift to Justice for Our Neighbors, UMCOR Advance #901285.

 

PHILIPPINES: TYPHOON RELIEF

UMCOR Philippines works to provide relief in this disaster-prone nation. Recently three typhoons devastated Isabela province. Archelaus Joseph Q. Laudes, a volunteer with UMCOR Philippines, reflects on his experience providing help and relief to suffering communities.

 

“Crops the people planted with their bare hands, under the heat of the sun, where swept away by those three typhoons,” Laudes wrote for UMCOR Notebook.

“UMCOR learned about this situation through the help of the local churches and prepared to respond to the situation. Goods were packed, and the 10-hours journey by land to Isabela followed. When we reached the people, all our body aches, fatigue, and sleepless nights vanished,” he reported. Read more.

 

Help UMCOR to continue its ministry of compassion in the Philippines by giving to Philippines Emergency, UMCOR Advance #240235

 

GUATEMALA: ADDRESSING HIV

Less than one percent of the adult population in Guatemala is estimated to be HIV positive. But with that seemingly small percentage, Guatemala is considered to have a concentrated HIV epidemic, according to a USAID Guatemala Health Report.

In remote locations that suffer from widespread poverty, the risk for HIV is higher. Most men leave home to find work in distant cities or farms. Some participate in high-risk sexual behavior while away, increasing their chances of contracting HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases. Upon their return home, they risk passing the infection to their wives or partners.

 

Earlier this year, Curamericas Global, Inc., a nonprofit international health organization, addressed the risk for HIV in rural of Sebastián Coatán. The pilot program, “Promoting HIV/AIDS Awareness and Prevention to Rural Guatemala,” was made possible through funding support from the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund.

 

In Guatemala, Curamericas primarily trains women as health educators, but during the Sebastián Coatán program, the organization trained men as well. This method allowed for the delivery of gender-tailored health messages on the sensitive topic. The messages promoted abstinence, faithfulness, and HIV-prevention methods. Read more.

 

Observe World AIDS Day throughout the year by supporting projects like this one that are bringing the message of HIV/AIDS prevention to vulnerable and rural populations. Give to the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund, UMCOR Advance #982345.

 

UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR’s ministries, please visit umcor.org. 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 UMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087-9068; or by calling 1-800-554-8583, where credit card donations are accepted. 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.

 

And; 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 to them.