UMCOR Update: Ways You Can Help

Date Posted: 1/19/2012


The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and Eglise Methodiste d’Hait (EMH) are working together to build 40 homes in two communities that were heavily affected by the 2010 Haitian earthquake. World Hands Alliance and Homes for Haitians are also partners in the project.


Each home has 40 square meters of interior space, a toilet, shower facility, kitchen facility, and water storage capacity. Twenty will be built in each of the communities of Mellier and Carrefour.


Beneficiaries of the homes are participating in the building by clearing the original home foundations before construction begins and also are providing support during the construction process.


Learn more about what UMCOR is doing to help Haitians recover by watching UMCOR’s latest video on Haiti. Your gifts to Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325 help provide for recovery. 



Bethuel Lesuk Andaria attended the UMCOR farmer training last April, where he learned how to cultivate an improved variety of cassava. After the training, UMCOR distributed cuttings of the new variety of cassava to the farmers who were in attendance.


Andaria writes how the training and the new variety of cassava are helping him, his family, and his community put food on the table and bring more produce to market. This type of cassava is more disease resistant and grows faster than the variety farmers traditionally use in this region.


Andaria notes that he saw a difference within two weeks of planting. “It was then that I realized that UMCOR has really helped us and given us a way to produce more food and sustain our families,” he writes. Read more.


You can support programs like this by giving to Sudan Emergency, UMCOR Advance #184385. The Sudan Emergency Advance supports UMCOR programs in both Sudan and South Sudan. Please use the drop-down menu to make your contribution.



This past week, UMCOR announced Shannon Trilli as its new director of Global Health programs. As the primary representative of UMCOR’s Global Health unit, Trilli will be the key liaison to all international, regional, and national collaborating health partners.


She will provide strategic vision and leadership to all of UMCOR’s health initiatives and oversee the implementation of those initiatives in the United States and abroad.


Prior to her new appointment, Trilli served with UMCOR since 2007 as the executive of Program Monitoring and Evaluation for UMCOR Health. She developed a grant and program system for United Methodist Global AIDS Fund and served as the director of the Malaria Initiative. Read more.



James* and Todd* were born in Zimbabwe in the early 1990s. Their father, John*, was an influential figure in organizing a peaceful political resistance to the ruling regime, which has long been considered corrupt and abusive.


After a while, the ruling party took notice of John’s political activities. In March of 2000, he was arrested, beaten, and tortured by government security forces. Fearful for his life and the lives of his children, then just seven and nine years old, John made the difficult decision to leave his country and seek refuge in the United States.


John filed for asylum in 2004 after his visa expired, and included James and Todd on his application. But current immigration policy stipulates that asylum seekers apply for asylum within a year of arriving in the US, and his claim was denied.

Consequently, father and sons were placed in removal proceedings and faced deportation back to Zimbabwe, where they feared they would be killed. The family sought help from JFON Nebraska and was able to find safety. Read how in the January First Monday newsletter. *names changed


You can support this important ministry of hospitality with your gift 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 via the links above. 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.

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