June 1, 2004
Dominican Republic and Haiti: Deadly Floods Compound Vulnerability
Floods and mudslides that left 1,000 dead and 1,600 missing in the Dominican Republic and Haiti are compounding the miseries of these impoverished island nations. The price of rice has doubled, and fuel is scarce. UMCOR is responding to the recent emergency with a three-point program that is "only the beginning of a fuller response," according to Kristin L. Sachen, international disaster response executive. She added that The United Methodist Church of Germany is pledging a 10,000 Euro grant to UMCOR for humanitarian assistance in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
UMCOR has sent a grant to the Iglesia Evangelica Dominica to enable immediate response in Jimani and Jaquimeyes, where rivers of mud and debris swept away houses and buried residents under tons of rock and gravel. A second grant has gone to Action by Churches Together to supply water treatment, food, and medicines. UMCOR workers are assembling a 40-foot container of health kits, soap, school kits, layettes, and ready-to-eat meals. Your gifts to a new emergency Advance, #410200, Dominican Republic/Haiti Flood Relief, together with your prayers, will help in a meaningful way. To find out how to contribute supplies, please visit UMCOR's emergency kits page.
National Hunger Awareness Day: Focus on Domestic Hunger
On June 3 people across the United States gather to focus on the problem of domestic hunger and its impact on children. UMCOR not only supplies food for hungry people but also provides tools, seeds, and training so that people can grow their own food. Your generous contributions can assure that this ministry continues on behalf of all United Methodists. Please get involved! Give to UMCOR Advance #982920, Hunger/Poverty Program.
Midwest and Southeast: Memorial Weekend Storms Challenge Last Year's Record
Tornadoes over the weekend killed at least three people and piled mobile homes on top of one another. Indiana, Tennessee, Missouri, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and South Dakota were among states affected. This year's tornado season (March-August) is shaping up to be one of the worst on record. With hurricane season beginning today, more tornadoes and violent storms may be on their way. UMCOR and local disaster relief workers are assessing damage. Your contribution will help create capacity for effective emergency response in the United States. Please give to UMCOR Advance #901670, Domestic Disaster Response.
Sudan: Peace Accord May Not Ease Western Darfur Woe
A peace deal is likely to follow talks currently happening between the Sudanese government and rebels. A deal would end Africa's oldest war, which has killed some two million people in a 21-year conflict, according to Reuters. But the process does not involve factions in Sudan's other conflicts, notably the western Darfur region, where a severe humanitarian crisis continues. UMCOR is cooperating with Action by Churches Together to deliver relief to scores of Sudanese who have fled their homes for sanctuary in Chad. Underwriting this work is UMCOR Advance #184385, Sudan Emergency. Please give generously.
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. 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.