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CHURCH WORLD SERVICE: A relief, development, and refugee assistance ministry of 35 Protestant, Orthodox, and Anglican denominations in the US. Working in partnership with indigenous organizations in more than 80 countries, CWS works worldwide to meet human needs and foster self-reliance for all whose way is hard. In the US, CWS assists communities in responding to disasters.
HEIFER INTERNATIONAL: Works to help hungry families feed themselves and care for the earth. HPI is a nonprofit organization and works in partnership with churches, civic groups and other organizations as well as individual donors.
SELF-HELP INTERNATIONAL: Continues to introduce digestible protein corn, QPM (quality protein maize) to Nicaragua and Ghana. The seed produces higher yields, tastes good, and is more nutritious. At least 80% of Ghana farmers grow QPM and more than 35,000 farmers in Nicaragua. A Children’s Feeding Project is operating in both countries serves QPM porridge to 1,000 children annually in an effort to alleviate malnutrition. Self-Help operates a micro-credit program for nearly 500 women in Ghana and Nicaragua each year. Loans are paid back with interest with 97% return. Women use their proceeds to improve their family’s quality of life, especially education for their daughters. The goal is self-reliance.
UMCOR DEPOT – BALDWIN, LA: The UMCOR DEPOT is a 48,000 square foot facility that serves as a warehouse and distribution center for relief supplies that are used in the United States and around the world. The supplies are donated by churches and individuals from across the US and are shipped to disaster areas at the request of a United Methodist Bishop or United Methodist Committee on Relief Representative in the area of the disaster. Health, Sewing, Layette, School, and Birthing kits as well as components of the kits are sent to the Depot where they are assembled for distribution by approximately 3000 volunteers who go there annually. The kits offer love and hope to people made vulnerable by the disaster that surrounds them. You can help by providing kits and items for the kits or by volunteering at the UMCOR Depot by calling 1-800-334-4221.
MOBILITY WORLDWIDE formerly known as Personal Energy Transportation (PET): is a sturdy, hand-cranked wheelchair. It has a heavy metal frame and wooden bed; uses wheelbarrow wheels; is shipped partially disassembled and with a tool kit for repairs and spare parts; comes in two sizes-adult and junior; is powered by a hand-crank with a 21 to 26 gear ratio with #35 machine chain; is shipped with a seat belt and instruction packet; and is made by volunteers in eight workshops across the USA, but parts are interchangeable. It is now in more than 90 countries of the world. The cost of a PET is $250.
DISTRICT HUNGER RELATED AGENCIES: Each of the eight districts has a modest sum of money for distribution to hunger related agencies within the district. Contact your District Representatives for more information. Call your District Office for the name of your Ingathering Representative or look in the Ingathering booklet.