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UMCOR Hotline 12 Aug 2008: Georgia, U.S., Liberia, Armenia

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GEORGIA: EMERGENCY RESPONSE

UMCOR in Georgia is responding to the needs of those affected by the outbreak of conflict in Georgia. UMCOR's Georgia office is providing health kits to displaced people, medicines and medical supplies to local hospitals.

UMCOR has also been named as the lead coordinating agency for medicines and medical supplies being provided through US Government-sponsored emergency airlifts to the conflict zone.

UMCOR staff and New York headquarters is in close contact with its office in Tbilisi to provide as-needed support as the situation develops.

An estimated 100,000 people have been driven from their homes since the conflict began on Aug. 7. Medical supplies, food and clean water are most needed. You can help by giving to Georgia Emergency, UMCOR Advance # 250305.

US: IOWA TRAINING HELPS FLOOD SURVIVORS

Recovering from any natural disaster is a long process and the Midwest floods are no exception. Flood survivors can expect to experience a range of emotions as they struggle to come to terms with an overwhelming situation. UMCOR and the Iowa Annual Conference are helping address the spiritual and emotional needs of those affected.

Calming After the Storm, a spiritual and emotional care training led by UMCOR consultant Mary Gaudreau, was held in three Iowa locations in August. About 70 clergy and lay leaders attended the training sessions, which are the first of several events to be offered. They equip participants with skills and resources to help survivors overcome their trauma.

To learn more about training for Spiritual and Emotional Care, contact Luz Knight at UMCOR's Emergency Services Office, lknight@gbgm-umc.org or 202-548-4002. You can also send gifts to help survivors through UMCOR's Domestic Disaster Response, Advance # 901670.

LIBERIA: ALL-AROUND SUCCESS

Yah Dolo, 48 has taken full advantage of UMCOR's Sustainable Agriculture and Development (SA&D) trainings offered in her community in Liberia. She benefits from beekeeping, snail raising, Moringa production and UMCOR's Integrated Crop and Pest Management training to help her grow healthy vegetables.

This year, Dolo expects to produce about five gallons of honey from two of her nine beehives. She is raising snails for her family to eat, and will soon market snails for income. In addition, she owns 50 Moringa trees that she shares with mothers in her community to help them feed their children. With the proceeds she is earning from her farm, Dolo plans to purchase another acre of land to plant 400 more Moringa trees.

Farmers like Dolo are thriving examples in their communities thanks to UMCOR's SA&D training. Please help farmers like Dolo feed not only themselves but their community by giving to UMCOR's Sustainable Agriculture & Development Program, UMCOR Advance # 982188.

ARMENIA: NUTRITIOUS CHEESE

In the Ararat, Armavir, Shirak marzes and Yerevan regions of Armenia, more than 6,800 disadvantaged people have an improved diet due to the provision of locally-made cheese.

Through UMCOR's Cheese Distribution Program, vulnerable people throughout 58 institutions that include orphanages, retirement centers, mental hospitals, and boarding schools now have access to an additional protein-rich food source. Since April, UMCOR has distributed more than 2,916 kg of cheese that is providing the daily protein requirement and nourishment for those in need. UMCOR also monitors the distribution of cheese from dairy plants to these institutions, assuring its quality, timely deliveries, proper storage and refrigeration, and fair distribution.

You can help Armenians eat healthier by supporting programs like these. Send your gifts to Armenia Emergency, UMCOR Advance #250225.