Month: November 2019

MLK Day of Service

UMR’s “Infinite Hope Campaign” On MLK Day of Service

11/13/2019

Washington, DC — As a Youth Service America Lead Agency, United Mission for Relief and Development (UMR) will launch the Infinite Hope Campaign on MLK Day of Service, January 20, 2020.

UMR’s campaign aims to honor MLK Day of Service, which is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service. UMR’s Infinite Hope Campaign includes two service opportunities that will take place between January 17 and 20 of January. The first is Share the Warmth, which will engage students from elementary, high schools, and universities to help with the homelessness issue this winter.

In 2018, about 553,000 American people experienced homelessness on a single night nationwide, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Therefore, UMR decided to help local homeless who are suffering this winter. The engaged students will collect items to create emergency kits for the homeless this winter. The emergency kits will include hand warmers, gloves, socks, backed goods, and water bottles.

UMR’s second service project is Financial Literacy. UMR will be hosting interactive workshops in elementary, middle and high schools all across the nation to teach youth about essential aspects of financial literacy, which include effective spending techniques, the cost that goes into life after high school, consequences of unhealthy spending habits, and understanding the transition from high school to college.

“UMR’s Infinite Hope Campaign is a way to honor the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who called for justice and dignity for all Americans,” Dr. Abed Ayoub, President & CEO of UMR, says. “This campaign is part of UMR’s relentless efforts to solve social problems nationwide, bring people together, and build a stronger community.”

It is worth mentioning that MLK Day of Service (January 20, 2020), and Global Youth Service Day (April 17-19, 2020) are officially designated as National Days of Service by the 2009 Serve America Act. UMR is one of the official local organizers for these national days of service, Lead Agencies, which are part of YSA’s work to activate all youth, ages 5-25 – especially those in under-served communities who are not usually asked to participa

Contact:
Nagwa Abdallah
Communications Officer, UMR
nabdallah@umrelief.org
(202) 370-6963 x112

Palestine Medical Crisis

As Clashes Erupted in Gaza: UMR Renews the Call for International Collaboration to Help Palestinians By Nagwa Abdallah

Just close your eyes and try to picture what life is like for a child or a woman after the artillery attacks and airstrikes launched on Gaza over the few days, leaving at least 34 dead and 111 injured, according to BBC. That is not an easy task. Despite all the information, news, and facts disseminated by international humanitarian organizations and media outlets regularly about the escalating humanitarian crisis in Gaza, the reality is much more devastating and shocking than anyone can imagine. It is chaos in the hospitals, which already have a shortage of medical emergency kits, trauma medical supplies, and items necessary for surgeries. Farms, houses, and lands have been destroyed.

That is why the United Mission for Relief and Development (UMR) has always been calling for robust collaboration with international organizations and donors to help ease the Palestinians suffering in Gaza. According to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the continuous escalation has left 80% of the population dependent on international assistance.

Determined to keep the Palestinians moving forward, UMR renews its call for generous donations to keep the wheels turning, and the doors open for the Palestinians who are losing hope for a better life. Now, NGOs and donors have greater responsibilities than ever. Shouldering such duties is the only and inevitable path for all of us to take to end Palestinians’ misery.

Working on the ground in Gaza and West Bank for years, UMR understands very well the effect of such clashes on the humanitarian situation, which is already being aggravated as a result of the US halting its yearly aid of $360 million to UNRWA. According to UNRWA, there are about 620,000 Gazans who survive on $1.6 per day and cannot cover their basic food needs, and 390,000 more live in absolute poverty.

Therefore, UMR continues its annual Winterization campaign “Share the Warm” to support those who live under the poverty line. UMR will provide families with supplies that vary between a $150 food package to a $550 complete winter package.

The Winterization campaign is part of UMR comprehensive work plan in Palestine, which covers many essential aspects of the humanitarian crisis. For example, in response to the shortage of medicines and the limited capacity of the hospitals in Palestine, UMR has been providing In-Kind medical donation shipments for years as part of its domestic and international Emergency Response Program. The value of such shipments increased from $7,346,899 in 2015 to $43,415,305 in 2018. UMR has been cooperating with the Palestinian Ministry of Health and succeeded in delivering 11 medical containers of supplies to 11 hospitals and 54 medical centers. UMR has always been among the first to be contacted by the Ministry of Health in Palestine whenever there are issues with medicine and medical supplies. Recently, on October 13th, 2019, UMR received an urgent appeal from the Ministry of Health requesting immediate assistance with medical items, particularly emergency health kits.

UMR launched a psychosocial support (PSS) initiative as a mechanism to mitigate trauma among children. In the Wehdat refugee camp in Jordan, UMR established the Wehdat Disability Center to foster independence and self-reliance for people with minor to moderate disabilities. UMR also granted 500 scholarships to Palestinian students in Palestine and Jordan.

Please join UMR efforts to help Palestinians in every way possible.

Contact:
Nagwa Abdallah
Communications Officer, UMR
nabdallah@umrelief.org
(202) 370-6963 x112

Yemen Crisis

AS YEMEN CRISIS WORSENS, THE HUMANITARIAN ALLIANCE FOR YEMEN LAUNCHES MEDICAL MISSION

Washington (November 6, 2019) – In response to the worsening humanitarian crisis in Yemen, the Humanitarian Alliance for Yemen is set to deploy a new short-term medical mission early this month.

Led by MedGlobal, the new medical mission will commence today and end on November 23, 2019, with the overall objective of providing emergency healthcare and educational services to vulnerable populations in the Hadhramout and Ma’rib governorates in Yemen.

“More than 90% of the people of Yemen are in need of assistance. There is an epidemic of cholera that has affected 1 million Yemenis, and caused thousands of deaths. There is severe malnutrition among children, and people are dying unnecessarily from treatable conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer,” says the Humanitarian Alliance for Yemen.

Throughout the mission, an internationally diverse and skilled team will be volunteering in the Yemeni cities of Seiyun (Hadhramout) city and Ma’rib city. The 23-member medical team will provide services like internal medicine, surgeries, medical trainings, and hold daily lectures and workshops to cover the most critical medical topics and daily challenges in local healthcare facilities and propose practical solutions. In addition, the Alliance will supply multiple local healthcare facilities with vital medical equipment, surgical supplies, and essential medications.

This mission comes amid a rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation where 19.7 million people in Yemen lack access to basic health services due to the severe collapse of essential systems. Most beneficiaries of this medical mission will be internally displaced people (IDPs) who face a wide range of protection needs and vulnerabilities.

“It is our duty to alleviate pain and suffering whenever possible. The people of Yemen have suffered enough. UMR is dedicated to scaling up its programming to reach as many people in Yemen as possible with immediate aid,” says Dr. Abed Ayoub, President & CEO of UMR.

This new initiative of the four U.S.-based nonprofit organizations that makeup the Humanitarian Alliance for Yemen (UMRMedGlobal, Project HOPE, and Pure Hands) is part of broader efforts to ease the humanitarian crisis and respond to the health needs of Yemenis after five years of conflict.

Contact:
Nagwa Abdallah
Communications Officer, UMR
nabdallah@umrelief.org
(202) 370-6963 x112

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