UMCOR Hotline for May 13, 2008

May 14, 2008

: Earthquake Response

A massive earthquake in Sichuan Province of China has killed at least 12,000 people and destroyed up to 80 percent of homes and businesses in the area. More than 300 aftershocks have been recorded, keeping people on edge.


UMCOR partner Amity Foundation was able to send help to those affected within hours of the disaster. Amity has been working in China since 1985 providing a wide range of humanitarian and social services. UMCOR will support Amity's response, which includes sanitation, medicines, food and water, quilts and temporary shelters.


Please give to International Disaster Response, China Earthquake, UMCOR Advance #982450 to help earthquake survivors.


US: Helping Tornado Survivors

UMCOR is helping survivors of the latest spate of tornadoes that raced across the mid-South Saturday evening, May 10. Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, and Georgia are the states most recently affected by severe storms in 2008.


UMCOR always responds through annual conferences, providing funds, trainin,g and personnel support. In response to storms this past weekend, UMCOR is issuing emergency grants from both the Missouri and Oklahoma Annual Conferences and has sent consultant Mary Gaudreau to work with the local response coordinators. UMCOR is also in communication with the Arkansas, Mississippi, Virginia, and South Georgia Conferences as they respond to storm survivors.


"The number of storms so far this year is high and unusual," said Tom Hazelwood, domestic disaster response executive. "UMCOR will work with our annual conference partners to assess the damage, help with the long-term recovery plans, and provide assistance to help meet emergency needs." Help support all the annual conferences affected by these violent storms with your gifts to Domestic Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670.


Myanmar: UMCOR Helps Deliver Relief

UMCOR is diligently working with partners to bring relief to those affected by Cyclone Nargis, which struck Myanmar (Burma) on May 2.


"The United Methodist Committee on Relief is persistently pursuing all avenues to provide relief in Myanmar," said Sam Dixon, UMCOR's top executive, in a release issued by UMCOR on May 12. "The faith-based disaster response community is working closely together to bring relief to those suffering following Cyclone Nargis, and it's working," Dixon continued.


UMCOR is providing funding support to partners who are bringing relief to the people of Myanmar, and ensures that its assistance is delivered directly to those who need it most. Partners have been able to distribute water purification tablets, food, and materials for shelter reconstruction into Myanmar. Please continue to pray. Lack of clean water, shelter and proper medical care are all growing concerns for the people of Myanmar. You may send your gifts to UMCOR Advance #3019674, Myanmar Emergency.