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In the UMCOR Notebook, the Rev. Lee Gale, Dakotas Annual Conference disaster response coordinator for
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“This year’s flooding will be a long-term issue for Bismarck/Mandan as it will be, also, for the communities down river,” Gale commented.
Besides the Dakotas Annual Conference, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is currently responding to flood emergencies in another 13 conferences across the
Your gift to US Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670, allows UMCOR to respond to communities that are experiencing devastating loss and many challenging months of relief and recovery ahead.
UMCOR is working with Eglise Methodiste d’Haiti (EMH) to procure and distribute 1,000 solar panel kits to families and individuals on the island La Gonave to provide additional security and support to rural homes. La Gonave was heavily damaged by the January 12, 2010 earthquake.
The kits that will be distributed through schools and churches will provide help for rural families that either have no electricity or experience frequent and sometimes lasting power outages.
These kits are in addition to another 2,320 solar panel kits that UMCOR will distribute among the families of Corail Camp, a resettlement community formed after the earthquake. The lack of electricity there makes for a dangerous situation for the residents, especially for women and young girls.
The solar panels operate like small power charging stations and will supply electricity for lights at night to provide enhanced security and to allow students to continue their studies. The solar panels also will provide enough electricity to power up radios and cell phones.
Help support UMCOR’s work in
Despite the destruction caused by the 2004
Developed in partnership with Lutheran World Relief, the program identifies vulnerable families in 20 targeted villages and supports them by providing business training and revolving loans and developing self-help groups known as Village Livelihood Groups. Read more here.
Your gift to Sri Lanka Relief and Development, UMCOR Advance #3020630 supports efforts like this one to accompany the people of
UMCOR is teaming up with the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction to help five flood-prone villages in the
Because of its location, the
You can support UMCOR’s work in the
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,