ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland
June 15 2005

UMCOR Hotline 14 Jun 2005: Liberia, Armenia, Zimbabwe(extract)

Liberia: Coming Home

UMCOR, along with other humanitarian agencies, is helping 5,000
Liberians travel home after they were forced to flee during the
country's civil war. Returning after war requires more than simply
going back to one's home and life as it was before. Property and land
were most likely left in ruins. The community must be rebuilt and
fields must be tilled, planted and harvested before food is available
to eat. UMCOR is providing returnees with food aid, seeds, tools, and
training as well as transportation back to their hometowns. Your
gifts to UMCOR Advance #150300, Liberia Emergency, will help families
restore their lives.

Armenia: Celebrating Children

AREGAK, UMCOR Armenia's micro-credit program for women, celebrates
International Children's Day with the Kharbert orphanage every year
on June 1. Kharbert is a special place because only children with
physical and mental disabilities live there. Every year AREGAK staff
members come to celebrate with the children, bringing sweets, passing
out gifts of school and hygiene kits given by United Methodists, and
a concert for the children. These children who are often overlooked
enjoy this special celebration just for them.

You can be a part UMCOR's important work in Armenia, including the
AREGAK program by giving to UMCOR Advance #250225, Armenia.

Zimbabwe: Bulletin Insert

The specter of famine prowls alongside the life-threatening drought
across much of southern Africa. A new UMCOR bulletin insert, "To Buy
Seed Is a Sign of Hope," describes how United Methodists in Zimbabwe
are responding to this crisis. Visit
http://gbgm-umc.org/umcor/print/bulletininserts/zimbabwedrought.cfm
to find out information about UMCOR's All Africa Drought and Famine
response and to download and print this latest bulletin insert to
share with others.

UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find
out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit
http://gbgm-umc.org/umcor/. You can donate to any project by placing
a contribution in the offering plate at a local United Methodist
church; by sending a check to UMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY
10087-9068; or by calling 1-800-554-8583, where credit card donations
are accepted. UMCOR is exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the
Internal Revenue Code of the United States and qualifies for the
maximum charitable contribution deduction by donors.