Appeals & Response Plans
- Kenya: Floods - Mar 2018
- East Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Mar 2017
- Kenya: Floods - Apr 2016
- Kenya: Floods - Nov 2015
- Kenya: Cholera Outbreak - Feb 2015
- Kenya: Drought - 2014-2018
- West Africa: Ebola Outbreak - Mar 2014
- Horn of Africa: Polio Outbreak - May 2013
- Kenya: Floods - Mar 2013
- Kenya: Floods - Jan 2013
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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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.