STAMFORD, CONN., April 12, 2005: Funds from multiple sources are underwriting the operations of United Methodist Committee on Relief in the Darfur area of Sudan, the agency announced today.
The UMCOR board of directors, meeting here, approved projects in agriculture extension, emergency supply distribution, and small-scale livelihoods totaling just over $1 million. A UMCOR field team is on the ground in the area troubled for months by armed clashes.
The agency expects to leverage the United Methodist funds in future negotiations with multilateral donors such as United States Department of Agriculture and United States Agency for International Development, said UMCOR officials. UMCOR will draw upon its extensive experience in providing humanitarian service to displaced populations in other war-torn regions such as the Balkans.
Donors to date include Neighbors in Need, a food security bequest, and the Sudan Emergency Advance, a designated denominational fund that receives contributions from United Methodists and other friends of UMCOR. The Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church, a congregation in Tipp City, Ohio, pledged a significant gift for UMCOR's Sudan start-up from special Christmas offerings in 2004.
UMCOR is focusing on some 250 beneficiary families in the Ed Al Fursan community south of Nyala, the regional capital of South Darfur. The location was among recommendations of an investigative team, which spent three weeks late last year in the region for the agency. Priorities include restoring farmlands with provision of seeds, tools, and technical training. In addition UMCOR aid workers will distribute essential emergency supplies such as buckets, plastic sheeting, cooking utensils, and soap.
Darfur, an area the size of Texas, has three regions: north, south and west. The displaced population within South Darfur - estimated at around 530,000 - is scattered around rural villages. Residents of these host communities feel the impact of increased stress on local resources, land, and food. The UMCOR assessment team found that the south is underserved with activity that could assist with restoring a normal way of life. South Darfur is also seen as a good staging location for the eventual reintegration of the people of Darfur.
Your gifts to UMCOR's Sudan Emergency, Advance #184385 will support these efforts. Give through your local United Methodist church or send contributions to: UMCOR, 475 Riverside Dr., Room 330, New York, NY 10115. Call toll-free 1-800-554-8583 to make a credit card donation.
As peace and stability slowly return to Darfur, UMCOR officials expect the new project will have a long lifetime.
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