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March 16, 2001

Since the beginning of January, at least 44,000 families in western and northern regions of Bolivia have been affected by floods and landslides caused by heavy rains. Homes and crops have been destroyed and roads have been blocked, cutting off communication and transportation. UMCOR has sent a grant to the Evangelical Methodist Church in Bolivia to help provide food relief and medical assistance for people suffering from water-borne illnesses. To join in these relief efforts, please give to UMCOR's International Disaster Response, Advance #982450.

UMCOR has sent a grant to the Florida Annual Conference to support relief efforts for people affected by the fires. Disaster response workers in Florida are helping to feed the fire fighters and providing assistance to people who have had to evacuate their homes. The southern states continue to be pummeled by storms. Ongoing assessments are being conducted and UMCOR anticipates that assistance will be needed to repair and rebuild homes. To respond to these and other disasters within the US, please give to UMCOR's Domestic Disaster Response, Advance #901670.

UMCOR continues to support relief and recovery efforts in El Salvador and India following the earthquakes. UMCOR partners in both countries are providing food, blankets, temporary shelter, water and other relief materials to marginalized communities. They will also be helping these poor communities rebuild. Please remember that recovery from the earthquakes will take two or three years. UMCOR is committed to providing long-term assistance. For India, please give to "South Asia Earthquake" Advance #274305; for El Salvador, give to "El Salvador Earthquake" Advance #511447.

Through United Methodist and ecumenical partners, UMCOR is responding to people suffering from famine in Afghanistan and many African countries. In all of these countries, the famine is caused by a combination of weather events and war. To join in relief efforts for Afghanistan, give to UMCOR's International Disaster Response, Advance #982450, and designate your gift "Afghanistan Relief." For Africa Famine Relief, give to Advance #101250.

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Gifts may be made through local United Methodist churches, or by calling 1-800-554-8583. Credit card donations are accepted. (Read more about how you can help UMCOR's emergency responses.)

Please remember that the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering is March 25. UMCOR depends on this offering to undergird its entire ministry. To order offering resources, call 888-862-3242.

UMCOR is providing emergency relief in many countries at this moment. Please pray for those who suffer from hunger, poverty, natural and human-made disasters in Afghanistan, Angola, Bolivia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Kosovo, Mozambique, Malawi, Serbia, Sudan, the United States, and many other parts of the globe.


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