November 16, 2004
Sudan: UMCOR Team Recommends Aid Efforts for Darfur
Restoration of farming and clean water is critical for residents in the arid savannahs of South Darfur even before civil conflict ends, says an UMCOR consultant who just returned from a three-week look at potential aid initiatives. Jennifer Poitras, a professional in the field of international relief and development, said the agency could be operational there as early as December 15. Poitras and Ali Aamoum, another development expert, evaluated gaps in Darfur aid efforts. From conversations within regions near Khartoum and Nyala, South Darfur's capital city, the UMCOR team is recommending short-term actions like distribution of buckets, plastic sheeting, blankets, and cooking utensils. Expected areas of focus for longer-term development initiatives include income-generating activity, water and sanitation projects, and restoration of farmlands and livestock. Your support is needed! Please donate generously to UMCOR Advance #184385, Sudan Emergency.
Hands-On Mission: Urgent Call for Flood Buckets
Charley, Bonnie, Ivan, Jeanne-- news of these disasters is off the Weather Channel now but soon spring storms will put new demands on UMCOR's supply of flood buckets. How can United Methodists from all sizes of congregations get involved with UMCOR's material resources program, which includes preparing flood buckets, health, and other kits? Two Iowa congregations show the way. West Fork and Hansell United Methodist churches-- where on a good day 25 people gather in worship-- collected and shipped more kits to UMCOR's depot in Louisiana than any other church in Iowa, according to a report in the Hampton Chronicle. Use their example to respond to UMCOR's urgent call for flood buckets. Specifications for assembly and shipping are online. If you prefer, you can make a cash gift that will enable volunteers at UMCOR Sager Brown to purchase and assemble cleanup supplies. Your contribution to UMCOR Advance #901440, Material Resource Ministry, will assure that United Methodists are ready to respond after the storms and floods of spring.
Bosnia-Herzegovina: Hospital Needs Basic Necessities
Patients at a hospital in northwestern Bosnia-Herzegovina lack basic necessities. UMCOR will purchase locally items such as mattresses, wheelchairs, and new clothing for residents of the Home for Children and Youth with Special Needs in Cirkin Polje, Republika Srpska. UMCOR has several projects in this area of the Balkans, where unparalleled natural beauty contrasts with grim reminders of the 1992-1995 war, which is considered the most violent conflict in Europe since World War II. The physical and psychological suffering of millions continues to affect the region. A generous contribution to UMCOR Advance #333350, Bosnia Emergency, will assist the UMCOR staff to provide these necessities and improve conditions at the home. Please designate your gift "Republika Srpska Home."
World AIDS Day: Resources for Your Observation December 1
"Generation of Hope" has been reissued in time to observe World AIDS Day December 1. Now there are two ways to obtain this dramatic 10-minute movie about the resilience of children living on their own because their parents have died of AIDS. You may play the movie on the internet or order your free DVD from UMCOR. Use the order form available at that same link. Download, print, fill out, and mail to UMCOR, 475 Riverside Dr., Room 330, New York, NY 10115. One per person, please.
Some church leaders, such as Health and Welfare coordinators, conference media librarians, and General Board of Global Ministries board members, will automatically receive a copy of the DVD-- all these groups are listed on the order form. Gifts contributed to UMCOR Advance #982842, AIDS Orphan Trust, are assisting many children in sub-Saharan Africa to secure a livelihood, learn about health issues, and find emotional support in their communities.
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.
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Displaced Sudanese women ride their donkeys through dry land in the region of Darfur. Some 1.3 million civilians have been uprooted from their homes and 2 million people are in need of relief in Sudan's Darfur region. Credit: Reuters/Antony Njuguna, August 26, 2004, courtesy www.alertnet.org.
These flood buckets are ready to go to where they are needed most. Envelops containing contributions to help cover the costs of processing and shipping kits are pasted on the top of each bucket. Credit: Tom Hazelwood/UMCOR, August 2004.
"Generation of Hope" has been reissued in DVD format (screen menu shown above) in time to observe World AIDS Day December 1. The movie highlights the resilience of children whose parents have died of AIDS. Credit: Mike Dubose/UMNS 2002.
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