UMCOR Update: Disaster Relief, Nigeria, Haiti, Spring Storms

7/20/2011

US: CONFERENCES FOCUS ON DISASTER RELIEF

Many Annual Conferences devoted time during their annual meetings to raise funds and gather supplies in response to the devastation wrought by this spring’s storms, tornadoes, and floods in the US.

 

The Baltimore-Washington Conference, for example, donated $56,866 for those impacted by storms and floods in the United States and for Haiti and Japan earthquake survivors.

 

The Northern Illinois Conference collected $5,250 and gathered 2,655 pounds of supplies for health kits and cleaning buckets for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). 

 

Read more about what other annual conferences did during their meetings. To contribute to UMCOR’s response to disasters in the United States, give to US Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670.

 

NIGERIA: HELPING PEOPLE DISPLACED BY VIOLENCE

UMCOR is assisting the Nigeria Annual Conference distribute relief supplies to those displaced by recent election-related violence, particularly in the Kano/Bauchi District.

 

While much of the violence surrounding last April’s presidential elections was targeted toward Christians, both Christians and non-Christians were affected by threats, violence, and death; homes, belongings, and livelihoods were also destroyed. Many of those who fled seeking safety remain displaced.

The Nigeria Annual Conference is working alongside community members, doctors, chiefs, religious leaders, and others to identify and help the most vulnerable populations. UMCOR funds are helping them coordinate the distribution of food, supplies, and health kits to 250 people in three communities.

 

Your gift to International Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #982450, helps UMCOR respond to this and other needs worldwide.

 

HAITI: SUPPORTING THE DEAF COMMUNITY

UMCOR is working with Mission Hearts to supply food for 400 people currently living in a camp for deaf people in Port-au-Prince.

 

After last year’s earthquake, many deaf people found themselves without a place to live or food to eat. They banded together and moved to a tent camp in the capital. Of the 400 deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing people at the camp, including 68 children, only 105 are employed.

 

UMCOR is providing food assistance for the people in the community through partner Friends of Deaf Haiti, a group of deaf Haitians who live in the United States.

When you support Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325, you help UMCOR provide for those left most vulnerable by the earthquake in Haiti.

 

WEBCAST: UMCOR’S RESPONSE TO SPRING STORMS AND FLOODS

Severe storms, tornadoes, record flooding, and wildfires have devastated communities across the United States this year.

 

Join us live from UMCOR’s office in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, July 27, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (EDT) to learn how UMCOR is responding. Hear firsthand accounts of hope and action in the midst of the continuing crisis.

The Rev. Tom Hazelwood, assistant general secretary, Disaster Response for the US, Caribbean, and Latin America; Catherine Earl, executive secretary, US Disaster Response; Sandra Kennedy-Owes, executive secretary, US Disaster Response; and Barbara Tripp, UMCOR disaster response consultant, will join the webcast.

 

Go to https://gbgm-umc.org/live/ to participate.