UMCOR approves funding grant for UMVIM work in Haiti.
VOLUNTEERS TO MEXICO FOR SPANISH STUDY
July 18-August 7, 2010 -- A UMVIM team made up of volunteers from throughout the California Nevada Conference will travel to Puebla, Mexico. There they will study Spanish for four hours daily at the Methodist University. Service projects will be completed on Saturdays, and participants will be housed in the dormatory rooms at the Puebla church. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!
Contact Jackie Kawashima, firstname.lastname@example.org -- 408.268.8318 for more information.
NEWS FROM CHINA
The death toll continues to rise after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck Qinghai Province in China on Wednesday morning, April 14. Estimates put the number of dead at more than 2,000, with 195 still missing, and 12,135 injured.
UMCOR partner The Amity Foundation dispatched a delegation to Qinghai Province within 24 hours of the disaster to carry out a needs assessment and to deliver instant noodles, water, blankets and tents to survivors.
It took the Amity team 17 hours to reach remote Gyegu Township, seat of Yushu County and epicenter of the quake. They traveled through mountains, freezing temperatures—about 1 degree Fahrenheit—and taxing altitude.
Amity Assistant General Secretary He Wen reported that about 1,000 families had taken refuge in a local horse racing stadium and that many of these survivors still lacked tents, leaving them exposed to the cold and wind. Food remains in short supply.
Please give to International Disaster Response, China Earthquake, UMCOR Advance #982450 to help the earthquake survivors.
UMCOR & UMVIM IN HAITI
In their semi-annual meeting last week, UMCOR’s board of directors approved $10.4 million for the organization’s Help Haiti Rebuild program and $565,000 to support United Methodist Volunteers in Mission’s coordination of US volunteers there.
UMCOR’s disaster recovery efforts in Haiti would not be possible without the generosity of United Methodists and the many people of goodwill who have helped UMCOR raise more than $19.8 million to date. Read more about how your gifts are making a difference for the people of Haiti.
Gifts to support UMCOR’s Haiti relief and recovery work can be made online by visiting www.umcorhaiti.org. One hundred percent of gifts made to this advance will help the people of Haiti.