The following stories are offered for your use to help interpret the work of One Great Hour of Sharing. Stories are available yearly in our Annual Mission Report. Each story tries to show how dollars help people across a variety of communities, both near and far.
To get your free copy of the Annual Mission Report contact UCC Resources at: 1-800-325-7061.
OGHS-Supported Church World Service, working with others to create web-based tracking measures to greater protect victims of sex trafficking, child prostitution and child pornography.
Recycling At South African Seminary
Inanda Seminary, a Global Ministries supported Christian school for black females in kwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, recently received five new recycling stations funded by One Great Hour of Sharing.
The Church Stays for the Long Haul
Books were written, celebrities visited and the crisis in Darfur became international news. The United Church of Christ supported Dear Sudan and Tents of Hope, awareness and advocacy raising campaigns initiated by a UCC pastor. Countless UCC members wrote advocacy letters, and painted tents. One Great Hour of Sharing provided thousands of dollars for food, water, shelter and medical care. Unfortunately, Darfur rarely makes the news these days, though 2.7 million Sudanese remain uprooted in camps for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP).
|East Asia and the Pacific
Kids Sell Art to Help the Children of Japan
7 year old Megan Miller encourages Church members to participate in fund-raising efforts to help the children of Japan. Touched by the news of the March 2011 earthquake, young Megan and others respond.
Fresh Water for Tibetan People
Running water in the home or in the community leads to better sanitation and ultimately better health. The Er ia Qi Village, high in the Tibetan mountains is enjoying both.
Educating children in Mindanoa
Mindanao, Philippines was once known as the "land of promise" because of the land's rich bounty. Despite that richness, however, the majority of the people in Mindanao are poor and living conditions are getting worse each day.
|Latin America and the Caribbean
Microfinance Provides Freedom From Hunger
“Once I saw a young girl die in the hospital emergency room where I worked,” says Luis. “Her mother didn’t know how to read and write.” Shaking his head in anger, Luis continues, “And the girl just died. Her mother didn’t have any power to make any decisions for her. She felt really bad. She cried hard, and didn’t know what to do because she was dependent on her husband.”
LAC: Indigenous Rights
The United Church of Christ provides support to South America's Gran Chaco Region, home to 25 different indigenous ethnic groups who've lived in harmony with the land for many years. Due to deforestation and other damaging effects to the land, the people there are now living in social seclusion and extreme poverty.
OGHS Helps Maria make Breakfast
Watch this short video to see what goes into making breakfast at Maria's home and in her country. What you see may surprise you, and could inspire you in some way. Feel free to share the video.
Relief Expands Reach to Syrian Refugees in Iraq
A decade ago, they fled war in Iraq to find refuge in Syria. Now, as Syria's spreading civil conflict enters its third year, Iraqi refugee families that had settled in Syrian cities such as Aleppo and Damascus are forced to flee again. The number of Syrian refugees now living in Iraq is over 175,000.
A Place to Play
Children growing up in crowded Refugee Camps in the the Middle East rarely have a safe place to play. But thanks to gifts from One Great Hour of Sharing, The Joint Christian Committee for Social Services in Lebanon (JCC), and others, now kindergarteners can now run, play, and enjoy their new green play yard.
Being an wife, mother, and woman of limited education did not stop Mona from contributing to her families' financial stability.
Mungeli Christian Hospital
Mungeli Christian Hospital and the Mungeli Ramboo School are projects under the care of Global Ministries Mission Personnel
Drs. Anil and Theresa Henry.
Growing Mushrooms for a Better Life
In India, a group of women are working together in a mushroom cultivation project that requires little space and can be done inside the house. A single woman can cultivate mushrooms and can earn an income without much strain.
Another day to remember
About 230 people attended the celebration of the Opening of the second Nahay Children's Development Center on February 10, 2004. Students from Nahay Primary School along with children, principals, and teachers from other nearby schools came to the opening.
Generosity Knows No Age
One Great Hour of Sharing provided blankets, food, clean water, shelter and medical care for communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Generous friends such as Luke, Irene, Margaret and others joined in the response to help those impacted. The UCC's support to Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts is projected to last three to five years.
No Longer a Stranger
The Hands of Peace Summer Program continues addressing the geographic, religious and cultural diversity issues of the Israeli-Palestinian reality through the bringing together of teens from the Middle East.
Disaster Response in the United Church of Christ includes our being present with our sisters and brothers as soon as possible after a disaster strikes. We remain through the long-haul of recovery. 100% of the dollars we receive are used for disaster recovery and rehabilitation efforts.
Ms. Susan M. Sanders
Minister and Team Leader
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Ms. Phyllis Y. Richards
Program Associate, Wider Church Ministries
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