Reaching Out to the World

umcorThe United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the United States. We provide humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own.UMCOR

UMCOR is a ministry of The United Methodist Church, and our goal is to assist the most vulnerable persons affected by crisis or chronic need without regard to their race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. We believe all people have God-given worth and dignity.

While UMCOR cooperates with other aid organizations to extend our reach, our most important partners are the people we serve. We are confident that successful solutions to emergency or chronic conditions begin with the affected population. UMCOR provides these survivors not only temporary relief but long-term education, training, and support.

UMCOR spends 100 percent of designated donations on the projects our donors specify. When UMCOR donors give their time, money, and supplies, they join UMCOR as the hands and feet of Christ.

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hopeHope for the Children of Africa is a task force of the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church. Since 2000 through a partnership with the South Congo Episcopal Area, we support two orphanages – Jamaa Letu I and II, the orphanages for the girls and boys – and to collaborate with mission teams in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Hope for the Children of Africa
During the late 1990s in response to the request from African Bishops in the United Methodist Church the task force was created to assist in providing relief and reconciliation to innocent children victims of wars, famines and the destruction of schools and hospitals due to the unrest of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Most of the funding for the two orphanages comes from local churches and individuals in the Pacific Northwest Conference through the Advance Special program. This provides housing, food, clothing, school fees, medical care, utilities and staffing for the two orphanages. Local churches and individuals are invited to ‘sponsor’ one or more children. In 2013, the Rochester United Methodist Church sponsored two orphans and hope to renew these sponsorships for the current year.

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malariaThe Imagine No Malaria Campaign was launched in April 2010, with a dual celebration in Lubumbashi,Democratic Republic of Congo and Austin, Texas.Imagine No Malaria

In addition to bed nets, our efforts support other areas in the fight against malaria: environmental clean-up (stagnant water and trash), basic sanitation (latrines and water), treatment, education, training more health care workers, and improving our existing hospitals and clinics.

The United Methodist Council on Relief (UMCOR’s) role in this campaign is to help United Methodist Church (UMC) health boards and local communities develop strategic plans and propose integrated solutions. All of these efforts will be needed in order to combat malaria and other diseases of poverty in Africa; and United Methodists are responding.

We are not alone. Imagine No Malaria has some pretty awesome partners to help make beating malaria a reality. We work with global heavy hitters like the United Nations Foundation, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. These organizations are global leaders in the fight against malaria and other diseases of poverty. That’s because they require the best from their people and their partners.

So, why do they need us? Well, The United Methodist Church brings some very unique resources to the table. Obviously, the financial support of 11 million United Methodists worldwide is a significant part of it. But there’s much more. The UMC has worked in Africa for more than 160 years. We operate churches, school, hospitals and clinics across the continent in places where no one else will go. Wherever the road runs out, you’ll find us bringing hope to the hopeless and empowering the powerless.

These partners know we are a key to healthcare delivery in Africa, and as a result that means your donation is multiplied many times by the support they provide.

Just a few short years ago, statistics showed a child died every 30 seconds of malaria. Today, because of your dedicated and generous support, malaria’s impact has been cut in half. According to the World Health Organization (World Malaria Report 2011), this disease now claims a life every 60 seconds. Obviously, we seek to end all preventable deaths from malaria, so our journey continues….

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Rochester, WA 98579

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