UMCOR Update: Cleaning Buckets Needed
US: DISASTER FUNDS, CLEANING BUCKETS NEEDED
This year’s historic spring storm season has severely cut into the disaster relief funds that United Methodist annual conferences count on receiving from the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to help them rebuild homes and lives in the aftermath of a disaster.
According to the National Weather Service, 600 tornadoes were recorded in the United States in the month of April alone. Today, communities along the Mississippi River are bracing themselves for flooding from rainwater and snow-melt levels that haven’t been seen since 1927.
For the third year in a row, record flooding is affecting communities along the Red River in North Dakota and Minnesota, and in Vermont, floodwaters from Lake Champlain are expected to surpass a previous high set in 1869.
UMCOR is working with annual conferences to respond to communities that have been devastated by these disasters, but funds are being disbursed faster than they are replenished. Your gift is urgently needed. Please give generously to US Spring Storms 2011, UMCOR Emergency Advance #3021326.
UMCOR’s Relief-Supply Network is responding to needs provoked by severe weather in Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, Missouri, Illinois, and Vermont. While health kits are in plentiful supply, cleaning buckets are needed to respond to these emergencies and the upcoming hurricane season.
See information on assembly and shipping of cleaning buckets. Your gift to Material Resource Ministry, UMCOR Advance #901440 also allows UMCOR to purchase supplies for assembly and shipment.
JAPAN: ECUMENICAL GATHERING FOCUSES ON RELIEF
On May 6 and 7, UMCOR joined some two dozen faith-based relief organizations in a forum in Seoul, South Korea, convened by national Christian church councils of Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
The objective of the meeting was to help the National Christian Council in Japan (NCCJ) flesh out a long-term relief and recovery strategy and explore the establishment of an ecumenical consortium to accompany those efforts in the wake of the March 11 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear threat in Japan.
Two months after the massive event, needs continue to emerge. One hundred percent of your gift to Japan Emergency, UMCOR Advance #3021317, helps the people of Japan rebuild.
HAITI: HEALTH, WATER, AND CONSTRUCTION FORUMS HELD
UMCOR convened potential partners for a Forum on Reconstruction and Pure-Water Supply in Haiti, April 26 – 29. Proposals were heard from potential partners to develop a holistic pilot project in two villages, benefiting 40 families. The proposals are being studied and partners will be selected.
UMCOR also convened a Health Strategy Forum in Haiti from May 3 to 5, which brought together partners in the health-care field to further the development of a long-term health strategy in post-earthquake Haiti.
One hundred percent of your gift to Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325, supports UMCOR’s efforts to help the people of Haiti rebuild their homes and lives.
GLOBAL: WORLD FAIR TRADE DAY, MAY 14
When Rosina Pohlmann, reporting for New World Outlook, visited CONACADO, a co-op in the Dominican Republic where fair trade chocolate is produced, she was as impressed by the production process as she was by the democratic structure of the cooperative.
It is the cacao producers themselves who run the co-op. For them, as for many small farmers and artisans, being able to sell into the fair trade market makes all the difference. When you purchase from fair trade distributors you help ensure a better life for these farmers, artisans, and their families.
Follow Rosina Pohlmann’s blog. Celebrate World Fair Trade Day on May 14 and download a poster. Read about the UMCOR Coffee Project through Equal Exchange, a fair trade organization. And give to Sustainable Agriculture and Development, UMCOR Advance #982188.
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. You can also give online by clicking on any of the “Give Now” links. 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.