Technology for Social Good

Harnessing the power of technology

Technology alone is never the solution. Technology by itself is confusing, breaks down, wears out, and provides little humanitarian relief.

But when technology is used for good by people who want to improve their own communities through health, education, agriculture, income generation, sharing God’s love, etc., then human and community development occurs. Lives can be made better. Lives can be saved.

 

Stories of technology building better lives

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Mission and Ministry
A visitor to United Methodist Mercy Hospital in Bo, Sierra Leone, washes his hands at a wash station before entering the hospital on March 16. Amid coronavirus concerns, the use of handwashing stations, previously used during the country’s fight against Ebola, has been stepped up in public places, including hospitals, banks and schools. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UM News.

Ebola offers lessons in fighting coronavirus in Sierra Leone

United Methodist hospitals among those gearing up as coronavirus concerns grow in the West African country.
Local Church
The Rev. Eric Folkerth, senior pastor of Kessler Park United Methodist Church in Dallas is recorded with a cell phone during a service March 15. The church is livestreaming their services on Facebook due to the coronavirus or COVID0-19. Photo by Brett Shipp, courtesy of Kessler Park United Methodist Church.

Ask The UMC: How can we livestream worship legally?

Copyrighted materials cannot be livestreamed legally without written permission from a copyright holder or a streaming license covering that content. A streaming license is not part of a standard CCLI or OneLicense license. It must be obtained in addition to other licenses you may have.
Mission and Ministry
Clergy and lay leaders from the Northern Nigeria Conference hold portable torches outside the conference office in Gombe State, Nigeria. “Almost 90% of the Nigeria population is facing power challenges, and these solar lanterns will help clergy in terms of devotion, Bible studies and other church activities,” said Nigeria Area Bishop John Wesley Yohanna. Photo by Daniel Garba, UM News.

Solar lamps ease work of clergy, students in Nigeria

The four conferences of the Nigeria Episcopal Area received hundreds of solar systems to be used in United Methodist churches, homes and schools.