UMCOR Update - Ways You Can Help

Date Posted: 3/28/2012


Charles Boyle is known as “Dr. Moringa” in his community of Bo, Sierra Leone. He promotes using the Moringa tree as a nutritional food source, and he’s making a difference in his community.


Boyle first learned about this plant that is rich in vitamins A, C, calcium, and protein through a United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Sustainable Agriculture and Development training program in Bo. After the training, Boyle planted Moringa trees on his property and started sharing what he learned with others.


Today, Boyle earns about $160 a month selling Moringa powder. He can now afford to care for his 17-member family and help pay for school fees. His health has improved, too. “Moringa has made a difference in my life. I used to be a lot thinner. Now, I am healthier. People say I look younger,” said Boyle smilingly.


Read more about how Moringa is making a difference in Sierra Leone.

You can support this and other efforts that improve health and food security for families by giving to UMCOR’s Sustainable Agriculture and Development program, UMCOR Advance #982188.



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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. 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.