UMCOR Hotline Updates - Ways to Help

Date Posted: 8/24/2011


Karina Mikaelyan, 46, lives in Semyonovka, Armenia. She cares for her four daughters and one son, two grandchildren, and her husband, who cannot walk because of a war injury. As the main provider for her family, Karina manages with chickens supplied to her by Foods Resource Bank, a partner of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).


For about half of the families living in Semyonovka, cows, sheep, beehives, or chickens are the only means of income. The rest of the population depends on small orchards for their livelihood.


UMCOR Armenia, through Foods Resource Bank, provides agricultural inputs such as livestock and beehives, as well as the necessary training, so that people like Karina learn to produce basic necessities such as milk, honey, cheese, and wool. The training enables them to become self-sustaining and improve their nutrition and quality of life.


“Our family faces a lot of challenges,” says Mikaelyan. “But I am grateful for the chickens that are sustaining my family.”


Support programs like these in Armenia by giving to Armenia Emergency, UMCOR Advance # 250225.



UMCOR is working with partners ACT Alliance, Church World Service, Muslim Aid, and GlobalMedic in Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia to provide food, clean water, and shelter for those who have been displaced and are living in refugee camps because of drought and hunger.


Support UMCOR in its response to alleviate suffering for those affected by this crisis and give to International Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #982450. Please earmark your check for Horn of Africa Crisis.



Last week students in Joplin, Missouri, took another step toward normalcy after an F-5 tornado tore through their town on May 21: They returned to school.

“It’s not the norm,” Vanessa Vigneaux, administrative assistant at First United Methodist Church said, “because they might be in a FEMA trailer or they might still be living with a relative, but at least they’re back with their friends … and maybe not having to think that their house is gone.”


Though students returned to a regular school schedule, many did not attend classes in the building they thought they would last spring before the tornado.

High school juniors and seniors attended school in the mall. Other students went to a warehouse or older school buildings that had been out of use.

“Even though they’ve been displaced from their schools, they’re all excited to get back,” said Jeannette Perry, a volunteer at Royal Heights United Methodist Church. Read more.

UMCOR is working with the Missouri Annual Conference and others affected by this spring’s storms, tornadoes, and floods to provide assistance. You can help UMCOR to provide this support by giving to US Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670.



UMCOR’s office in the Republic of Georgia helps vulnerable people such as Shura Khusivadze, 55, who struggle to afford basic medicines to treat chronic illnesses. Khusivadze relies on UMCOR-distributed medicines to help her with her high blood pressure.


She is one of 140 patients, including the elderly, single mothers, and internally displaced people, who regularly receive the medication at Patriarchy Policlinic in Tblisi. UMCOR, with funding partner Interchurch Medical Assistance (IMA), provides the medicine free of charge.


Doctor Tamila Silagadze assesses the patients' needs and then provides the indicated medication, which may include painkillers, high blood-pressure tablets, vitamin supplements, hygiene kits, and allergy medications.

“I am thankful for the free medicines and the support from UMCOR,” says Khusivadze.


Support this work that is helping internally placed persons in Tblisi receive the care they need. Give to Georgia Emergency, UMCOR Advance # 250305.


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 UMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087-9068; or by calling 1-800-554-8583, where credit card donations are accepted.


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.