UMCOR Advance - Ways You Can Help

Date Posted: 4/5/2012


Civil war has been raging without end in Somalia, and 2011 brought famine to much of the country in the wake of the drought that afflicted the entire Horn of Africa. This was assessed as the region’s worst food crisis in more than half a century.


In Somalia, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has an established practice of collaborating with global partners that are well-placed to work with the country’s predominantly Muslim populations.


A new grant from UMCOR has just gone to partner, International Blue Crescent (IBC), which among other projects is providing monthly food packages, psychosocial support, and care for severely malnourished children and mothers with newborns residing in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps.


The new UMCOR grant supports IBC’s efforts in an IDP camp at Korsan, near Mogadishu. Through it, 500 children and 13 teachers at four primary schools will acquire basic tools and equipment for improved learning, including school kits, blackboards, desks, chairs, playground materials, and school sanitation and hygiene materials. UMCOR’s grant will also support teachers’ salaries. Read more.


You can help children and their families in IDP camps in Somalia and elsewhere in the Horn of Africa, with a gift to International Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #982450. Please earmark your check “Horn of Africa Crisis.”



As we reflect on Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrection to heal our broken world, please pray for families in the Horn of Africa that are struggling to feed their families, for tornado survivors who are working to recover, and for so many others who are living in circumstances that are beyond our imaginations.



UMCOR videos are all located in the media gallery on the new UMCOR website, and a new one is posted each week on the homepage. Watch and download the latest video stories from UMCOR anytime you want.



UMCOR is preparing for spring floods and tornadoes and needs cleaning buckets to get ready. Our inventory is low. Use this video to learn how to assemble a cleaning bucket today! They can be shipped to any of the depots in the UMCOR Relief-Supply Network . Your monetary donation to Material Resources Ministry, UMCOR Advance #901440 will help UMCOR purchase these supplies.


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 any of the above 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.