UMCOR - You Can Make a Difference

Date Posted: 2/9/2011


Mohammed and other farmers in the Port Loko District of Sierra Leone lost their sight due to “river blindness,” a disease caused by parasitic worms transmitted by black flies. They were no longer able to tend their fields and support their families.


Thanks to the support of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) for the West Africa Initiative and the Community Blind Farmers Association, Mohammed and the other blind farmers are learning how to return to their fields and also finding other means of income.


Your participation in One Great Hour of Sharing on April 3 ensures the success of projects like these and offers hope and healing to the world’s most vulnerable people.


Gifts to this offering underwrite UMCOR’s cost of doing business. That means that 100 percent of every other gift to you make to an UMCOR project will be spent entirely on that project and not on home-office costs.


Order your free One Great Hour of Sharing offering envelopes, posters and other worship resources by calling 888-346-3862 or get them online here. Gifts to this fund can be made all year long. 



For about 18 years, Eglise Methodiste d’Haiti (EMH, Methodist Church of Haiti) has operated a microcredit program in the town of Petit Goave in Haiti. After last year’s devastating earthquake, UMCOR partnered with EMH to strengthen the program and build up the participants.


An UMCOR-funded microcredit assessment and development program is helping the church develop the business and financial management skills of the 90 women participants and also strengthening the capacity of the program staff. Read the full story here.


One hundred percent of your gift to Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325 helps the people of Haiti on their long road to recovery.



Heavier than usual monsoon rains have created life-threatening conditions for hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankans in the country’s Eastern Province. About a million people have been affected by severe flooding, including 200,000 who have been displaced from their homes.


Most of the affected populations are located in three districts: Ampara, Batticaloa, and Trincomalee. UMCOR’s field office in Batticaloa has mobilized to bring aid to residents from the 16 villages where it runs a sustainable livelihoods project. All of the villagers have been displaced by the flooding. 

UMCOR is coordinating its relief efforts with the Disaster Management Center, United Nations Development Program, United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, and the Methodist Church of Sri Lanka. 

Your help is urgently needed. Please give to Sri Lanka Relief and Development, UMCOR Advance #3020630.



While still in high school in Honduras, Alicia and Noel (not their real names) fell in love, married, and started a family. Noel, who had been born in the United States, decided to move his family to California. When Alicia opposed the plan, he threatened to take their baby and leave her behind. She relented.


For 25 years, Noel threatened Alicia with taking their children away from her whenever she mentioned returning to Honduras. He abused her physically and psychologically, and refused to help her normalize her immigration status.


Things turned around for Alicia when she encountered a Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) immigration clinic. JFON Southwest Texas helped her apply for residency under the Violence Against Women Act and break a 25-year cycle of abuse.


UMCOR’s Justice for Our Neighbors provides free, professional legal services to immigrants and asylum seekers. It connects a national network of church-based, volunteer-led immigration clinics to those who need a helping hand to navigate the maze of rules and laws that affect their lives in the United States.


Read First Monday, JFON’s monthly newsletter. Give to Justice for Our Neighbors, UMCOR Advance #901285.


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.