10-fold.org – Day 10 – International Disaster Response

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Day 10: International Disaster Response

October 19th, 2011

Responding in concrete ways to ease human suffering and restore normal life.

When a natural or civil disaster strikes outside of the United States, UMCOR serves as the primary channel for United Methodist assistance. Whenever possible, UMCOR forms partnerships with other religious and secular organizations to pool resources and coordinate relief efforts. We collaborate with Central conferences of The United Methodist Church, other Methodist bodies, and international relief agencies to implement programs directly.

UMCOR programs seek to strengthen local leaders and to partner with local institutions, establishing projects that are designed and implemented by the beneficiaries.

UMCOR is able to respond to disasters in areas where there is no United Methodist presence, through partner organizations such as ACT International and Church World Service. UMCOR provides long-term recovery as well as immediate relief, working within a community to assist people in rebuilding and adjusting to change.