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Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Water, sanitation and hygiene, known together as WASH, are essential for good health and well-being. Some 783 million people around the world do not have reliable access to clean drinking water, and even more people lack access to water for agriculture and household tasks to meet their everyday needs. Around the world, 2.4 billion people lack adequate sanitation facilities. Global Ministries supports WASH programs worldwide, providing direct help through UMCOR and supporting the work of partners. Programs provide education and increase access to improved water sources. Every U.S. dollar spent on water, sanitation, and hygiene generates U.S. $4.30 in increased productivity and decreased health care costs.

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The Impact of Water and Sanitation

Focus on global migration: “What could be our ship?”

In his report to the board, general secretary Thomas Kemper named hopeful examples of mission the United Methodist people collectively do “in a fractured world and church,” with an emphasis on ministries surrounding global migration.

Hurricane Dorian: From devastation to resilience in the Bahamas

Residents of Grand Bahama Island and Abaco are receiving relief in the form of shelter, meals and hygiene items. Some are also taking great joy in being a part of the volunteer effort, serving their neighbors in the midst of their own tragedies.

Norma Kehrberg, missionary and relief executive, dies at 81

Norma J. Kehrberg, a United Methodist missionary in Nepal for 25 years and head of the United Methodist Committee on Relief from 1984-1991, died on October 6.

Global Ministries’ board of directors to gather for fall meeting

Global Ministries is holding its biannual board of directors meeting October 10-12 at its Atlanta headquarters.

Puerto Rico recovers from 2017 hurricanes, aided by UMCOR, UMVIM

The month of September marks two years since Hurricane Maria brought widespread destruction to Puerto Rico. The recovery has progressed steadily, thanks largely to the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico, and with the help of UMCOR training and funding and more than 200 Volunteer in Mission teams.

Hurricane Michael response expands in Alabama and Florida

Leveraging a gift from an anonymous United Methodist family foundation, UMCOR has expanded its continuing work with the Alabama-West Florida Conference as it continues to respond to Hurricane Michael.