Humanitarian Relief and Recovery

Global Ministries seeks to strengthen the ability of the church and communities to respond to disasters and provide humanitarian relief both near and far. The core of this work is accomplished through disaster relief and recovery, risk-reduction programming, addressing the needs and rights of migrants worldwide and improving livelihoods and food security. The intentional care of creation and advancing environmental sustainability also reduces the impact of disaster.

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Flood relief in Mitwaba, North Katanga, DRC. Partnered with the Disasataer Management office of the North Katanga Conference, an UMCOR solidarity grant provided relief for 990 people affected by the flood consisted or flour, beans, cooking oil, salt, pots, buckets, spoons with great joy and much appreciation to UMCOR. PHOTO: NORTH KATANGA DISASTER MANAGEMENT OFFICE
International Disaster response and recovery

International disaster response and recovery works with partners around the world to provide immediate relief for food, water, shelter and other necessities as well as long-term recovery, reconstruction and risk reduction.

BRIDGEPORT, PA “ September 2, 2021: A truck sits in floodwaters near the Schuylkill River as remnants of Hurricane Ida impacted the Mid-Atlantic region.
U.S. Disaster response and recovery

In the U.S., disaster response and recovery are accomplished in partnership with annual conferences and local partners to prepare for disasters, provide relief following a disaster and through long-term support.

Children play at a makeshift camp in the Plaza de la República in Reynosa, Mexico. About 2,000 migrants, many from Central America, have taken up residence in the plaza, just yards away from the McAllen – Hidalgo International Bridge into the U.S. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.
Global Migration

UMCOR works with partners to examine the causes of migration and to care for refugees and migrants and the churches and networks that assist them. This includes promoting the adoption of practices that make migration safe and respect the rights and dignity of all migrants.

Margaret Tagwira (left) and Sarudzai Mkachana check on a field of chaya plants growing in Chivi Zimbabwe. Tagwira heads Africa University’s Chaya Project, which seeks to introduce the drought resistant plant with great nutritional value in Africa. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.
Yambasu Agriculture Initiative

The Yambasu Agriculture Initiative supports episcopal areas in new agricultural projects utilizing United Methodist land holdings. The focus of the current work is in Africa and honors Bishop John K. Yambasu.

Environmental Sustainability

Global Ministries fosters the integration of environmental sustainability into every aspect of mission through environment-focused projects, tools and leadership development. Trainings through the EarthKeepers program environmentally based projects in the United States.

Volunteers at UMCOR Sager Brown pray the “Pallet Prayer” before loading a pallet of relief supplies ready for a disaster-affected community in the United States.
Relief Supplies

Relief supply kits help provide care for the most vulnerable during times of crisis. Discover the kinds of kits UMCOR distributes and how to assist in this ministry.

volunteers carrying trees
Volunteers from the Wesley Foundation at Louisiana State University help remove trees that were toppled by Hurricane Laura in DeRidder, LA.
Volunteer

Global Ministries offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for those wishing to work with humanitarian relief and recovery. Find ways to volunteer with this work.

Read Stories of Impact

Recent UMCOR grants for Ukraine address relief, health, housing and safety

As the war in Ukraine escalates, UMCOR engages with more partners inside and outside Ukraine to care for war-weary people whose lives have been disrupted and overburdened with loss. Since July, more than $14 million in new grants have been approved to continue United Methodist war relief through UMCOR.

United Methodists bring light and hope to Florida with solar energy

Conference Disaster Response teams from the Florida and North Carolina annual conferences explore the benefits of mobile solar-powered generators while responding in real time to power needs in Florida after Hurricane Ian.

Entrepreneurial training for Yambasu Agriculture Initiative staff underway in Benin 

Twenty-seven farm and technical operatives of the Bishop John K. Yambasu Agricultural Initiative (YAI) from Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria and Zimbabwe are learning agricultural entrepreneurship skills at a two-week training at Songhai Center – a research, teaching and production center in sustainable farming in Port Novo, Benin.