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Disaster Response and Recovery

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) responds to disasters in the United States and around the world by working with communities and local partners. When a disaster overwhelms a community’s ability to recover on its own, UMCOR provides essential relief supplies and supports long-term rebuilding efforts. While UMCOR is not a first-response organization, it stands ready to accompany communities in need over the long haul of their recovery until a “new normal” is established after a crisis. “Early in and last out” is a guiding principle of UMCOR.

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Learn more about UMCOR and how our partners work to alleviate suffering around the world beyond disaster response efforts.

 

UMCOR administers disaster response and relief assistance through two programs, US Disaster Response and International Disaster Response. Learn more about each through the links below.

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The Impact of Disaster Reponse and Recovery 

Shade and Fresh Water encourages youth in Brazil to make healthy choices

Shade and Fresh Water in Brazil receives Global Health grants to extend programming for older youth to help them resist substance abuse.

Abundant Health includes mental health in worldwide ministry and outreach

Abundant health for all means that vulnerable populations struggling with substance abuse, mental stress, and psychological disorders receive the help they need to live full and healthy lives.

Supporting mothers and babies for a healthy start

Breastfeeding is a good way for mothers to give their babies a healthy start in life. The Abundant Health Initiative honors World Breastfeeding Week with stories of mothers and babies who thrive with the help of simple and practical health interventions.

In Focus: Global Health

During the month of August, follow along as we share stories about the lifesaving work of global health.

First health center opens in rural Congo village

Osio is a village located more than 25 kilometers from Kisangani city. Each year for many years, the population of this village might travel thousands of kilometers to receive medical care.

We learned to love our neighbors

Better crops, more income to send children to school, better health – out of all the outcomes beneficiaries of the CHAD program in Cambodia receive, they rate learning to love their neighbors as number one.