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14 Sep 2017 description

By Rachel Bergen

Sept. 14, 2017

MCC is known for supporting access to education around the globe by paying school fees, supporting vocational training and providing school supplies. What you might not know is that MCC also works with its partners to improve the quality of education that is offered.

From teacher training to involving the community in school management, here are some examples of partners creatively improving education:

Teacher training

21 Aug 2017 description

New survey reveals alarming malnutrition rates in Turkana, East Pokot, Mandera, Samburu, and West Pokot

Nearly 73,000 children in Kenya are severely malnourished and at risk of dying from drought-related hunger unless urgent aid is made immediately available.

The warning comes as results from joint nutrition assessments conducted by the County Departments of Health and UNICEF, and nine aid organisations working on the ground— including Save the Children—are revealed.

15 Mar 2012 description

By Debbi DiGennaro

March 15, 2012

NAIROBI, Kenya – Beginning Saturday, Feb. 25, and continuing for three days, about 2,000 youth, armed with machetes, attacked villages in inter-ethnic violence east of the city of Kisumu, Kenya, an area where the Kenya Mennonite Church has a strong presence.

04 Nov 2011 description

By Matthew Kistler

Nov. 4, 2011

NAJILE, Kenya – A goat project among Kenya’s Maasai people is giving birth to more than baby goats. It’s powering to life a cooperative group ethic that is helping 2,000 Maasai families cope with cultural change and ecological challenges.

12 Oct 2011 description

WINNIPEG, Man. – Mennonite Central Committee’s (MCC) response to the drought and food crisis in East Africa continues to expand.

Donations to MCC’s drought response are enabling MCC to provide life-saving food vouchers, water and other support to tens of thousands of people in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia.

In Somalia, where food shortages are exacerbated by the on-going civil conflict, many people have fled their homes to the safety of refugee camps near the northeastern Kenyan town of Dadaab.

26 Aug 2011 description

By Gladys Terichow

Aug. 26, 2011

CALGARY, Alta. – A recent 480-kilometer (300-mile) bicycle tour in Kenya that included one of Canada’s two most-decorated Olympians has given peace clubs in Kenya a welcome boost.

These peace clubs, supported by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), encourage Kenyan youth from other ethnic groups to build friendships.

The recent surge of interest was fueled by a five-day tour in May 2011 that included speed skater Cindy Klassen who won five medals at the Olympic Winter Games in 2006.

12 Aug 2011 description

MCC response grows for ongoing crisis in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia.

By Gladys Terichow

Aug. 12, 2011

WINNIPEG, Man. – Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has surpassed its initial target of raising $1 million for the East Africa drought and is now expanding its response to the continuing crisis in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia.

“We are both elated and humbled by people’s willingness to entrust MCC with their contribution,” said Willie Reimer who directs MCC’s food and disaster program.

27 Jul 2011 description

MCC is asking for $1 million in contributions to support its response to the food crisis and drought in East Africa.

By Linda Espenshade

July 27, 2011

AKRON, Pa. – An immediate and extended response to the current drought and food crisis in East Africa is essential for limiting the vulnerability of millions looking for enough food to survive, said Bruce Campbell-Janz, director of Mennonite Central Committee’s (MCC) Africa Department.

22 Mar 2011 description

AKRON, Pa. - Diabetes is a serious health threat to anyone, but it can be particularly devastating in places such as Webuye, Kenya, where many can't afford equipment to test their blood sugar or medicine to control the condition.

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is working with Moi University School of Medicine to provide education, regular testing and equipment, such as home glucose monitors and test strips to diabetic patients at Webuye diabetes clinic.

21 Jan 2011 description

AKRON, Pa. - Water is not as far away as it once was for the people of Enkusero-Sampu, a community in the Ngong Hills of Kenya.

For years, obtaining water meant a 15-20 kilometer (about 9-13 mile) walk one way for most of the year.

04 Dec 2009 description

Kenyan farmers are concerned about climate change as they see crop production decrease because of rising temperatures, unreliable rainfall, soil erosion and drought.

KOLA, Kenya - Changes in climate patterns here make it impossible for small-scale farmers to continue growing primary food crops such as maize and beans, said a local farmer.

About 50 years ago farmers could expect to produce 25 bags of maize from one hectare (almost 2.5 acres), each bag weighing about 198 pounds, said Joshua Mukusya, a farmer whose family has been tilling the ground for generations.

06 Feb 2009 description

By Tim Shenk

Feb. 6, 2009, AKRON, Pa. - Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is sponsoring the distribution of 26 tons of corn flour to nearly 4,000 people in a drought-stricken area of southern Rift Valley Province, Kenya.

Kenya is in the midst of a famine, and its government is appealing for aid.

08 Feb 2008 description

As violence in Kenya continues, MCC is committing more than $150,000 to help Kenyan partners meet immediate needs and begin longer term peace building work to rebuild shattered relationships and trust.

AKRON, Pa., Feb. 8, 2008 - Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is committing more than $150,000 for relief and reconciliation work in Kenya as sporadic post-election violence continues to flare in this east African country.

MCC welcomes financial contributions for this work in Kenya. Contributions may be made through any MCC office or online at mcc.org/donate.

14 Jan 2008 description

MCC is supporting Kenyan churches in providing aid to thousands of people displaced by violence in Western Kenya.

By Tim Shenk

AKRON, Pa. - Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is supporting Kenyan churches in providing aid to thousands of people displaced by violence in Western Kenya.

Violence broke out in many Kenyan communities following disputed national elections on Dec. 27.

04 Jan 2008 description

AKRON, Pa. - Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is supporting a Kenyan organization that is working to bring a peaceful end to post-election violence in the country.

Hundreds of Kenyans have died in widespread violence following national elections on Dec.

24 Sep 2007 description

By Tim Shenk

Sept. 24, 2007, AKRON, Pa. - Water is one of the most urgent needs in semiarid African regions such as Mandie subdistrict in central Mozambique, where people walk for miles to reach the nearest functioning well or flowing river.

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is helping people in Mandie to create new water sources by building concrete dams, called sand dams, that store hundreds of thousands of gallons of water under a layer of sand.

Sand dams are built across seasonal streams to catch water that normally rushes away when it rains.

20 Jan 2006 description

Tim Shenk

Joseph Nkuito's flourishing cornfield is a rare sight in Kenya's Rift Valley and a source of curiosity among his neighbors.

Friends see his 8-foot-tall cornstalks and ask, "Why does your corn look like this?" Nkuito is happy to explain that he plows his field with two oxen, fertilizes it with cow manure and irrigates it with plastic tubes.

Seminomadic lifestyle

Nkuito and his community are members of the Maasai ethnic group, who traditionally make a living by herding cattle on the rolling grasslands of the Rift Valley.

26 May 2005 description

MCC funded a distribution of corn, beans, oil and flour to 3,000 families in Mai Mahiu, southern Kenya, in March. Competition for land and water sources has driven farmers and livestock herders into conflict in Mai Mahiu this year, and thousands of families have fled their homes. The distribution provided one month's supply of food for displaced families and was carried out by Mainyoto Pastoralist Integrated Development Organization and the Presbyterian Church of East Africa with $36,000 Cdn./$28,000 U.S. in MCC funding.