UMCOR - Ways You Can Make a Difference
Join youth all over the US this coming Sunday by taking part in the Souper Bowl of Caring. Youth groups collect funds on Super Bowl Sunday that support ministries that care for hungry people.
Participating groups decide where and how the food and funds they raise are to be distributed to alleviate hunger in their neighborhoods.
Learn more about Souper Bowl of Caring and register to participate at www.souperbowl.org.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is partnering with GlobalMedic to provide water purification units to communities in the Philippines that were affected by Typhoon Washi (Sendong).
The typhoon devastated communities on the island of Mindanao in southern Philippines, dumping one month’s rain on the area in a period of 12 hours that triggered flash floods and mudslides. The water purification units will assist the cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro, which were seriously affected by the flood.
UMCOR is also providing relief through its office in the Philippines and other partner organizations. Support UMCOR’s work by giving to UMCOR Advance #240235, Philippines Emergency.
UMCOR and The United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets are working together to help protect some of the Horn of Africa famine’s most vulnerable survivors.
At the request of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), UMCOR and other Nothing But Nets partners are providing 150,000 insecticide treated bed nets to displaced persons camps in Kenya and Ethiopia. The nets will provide protection to families living camps that are also hotbeds for malaria.
Help protect families left vulnerable to this deadly but preventable disease by giving to Imagine No Malaria, UMCOR Advance #3021190.
FAIR TRADE: ECO-PALMS
Joel Cabrera Rodas is one of the many farmers who are helped through the Eco-Palms program, which provides fairly traded palms to US churches for Palm Sunday.
He cut palm illegally when he was a teen and sold them cheaply to vendors. At the time he didn’t know anything about caring for the environment, he just sought to make a living. Now he is working with a group of farmers to legally and responsibly harvest palm.
“With the Eco-Palm Program we feel that there are people who recognize the efforts we are doing to preserve the mountain and make a better living for our families,” wrote Rodas. “Last year it also gave us the opportunity to buy school supplies for childcare and primary school in the community, with the rebate we received.”
UMCOR partners with the University of Minnesota to build support in the US for the Eco-Palm Project, which helps to sustain forestry, protect local jobs and helps preserve the livelihoods of small-scale farmers by ensuring fair wages.
Support farmers like Joel Cabrera Rodas and order your Eco-Palms today!
You can also support small-scale farmers by giving to Sustainable Agriculture and Development, UMCOR Advance #982188.
Olga, (not her real name) originally from Russia, resides at the Bazaleti camp for the internally displaced in the Republic of Georgia. Olga and thousands like her were uprooted from the break-away region of Abkhazia after the civil war in Georgia.
“After the bombing of the main city in Abkhazia (Sukhumi), I lost everything. Now, I live on a small pension,” says Olga. “It’s been eighteen years since I’ve been living here. It’s very tough to survive,” she continued.
Olga finds cleaning work every now and then. She also receives materials like UMCOR health kits and medical assistance at the Bazaleti IDP Outpatient clinic, which was reconstructed by UMCOR in 2010. Although, she longs to have her life back, Olga is grateful for UMCOR’s support as it brings relief during times of need, especially to those enduring long-term displacement.
You can support displaced persons like Olga in the Republic of Georgia by giving 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 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, 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 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.