Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is continuing to monitor the aftermath of the Dec. 26 earthquake in Bam, Iran, and beginning to make plans for a longer term response. MCC staff, located in Qom, Iran, are following up with MCC's primary partner there, the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS). "Our most substantial response will be in the reconstruction phase," Ed Martin, director of MCC Central and South Asia program, said. Martin also said MCC may assist in replenishing relief supplies for the IRCS. Iran has suffered four other major earthquakes since 1990.
With violence escalating and more than a million people internally displaced in Uganda, MCC is preparing a major aid package in two of the most affected areas. MCC is also launching a campaign to supply rebels who want to leave the conflict with seeds, tools, food and trauma and reconciliation services. MCC seeks to raise $79,200 CDN / $60,000 USD to fund this effort.
Where MCC material aid goes (shipments from 1995 to 2003)
After looting and neglect due to years of war and sanctions, adult schools formed to train Iraqi carpenters, blacksmiths, electricians and other trades workers lack functioning workshops, as well as needed renovations.
Families in Iraq hope to send their children to school when classes begin in October. Due to ongoing economic difficulties, however, many families will not be able to afford to provide their children with the basic supplies they need to do their school work.
By Alain Epp Weaver
by Edward Miller
MCC food aid since August 2002
MCC is planning to fund more food purchases and is shipping 483 bales of blankets for displaced families in northern Uganda. To contribute to MCC's food aid in Uganda, mark your donation "Uganda Relief."
Recent MCC assistance:
June 2003 - $40,540
Local purchase of sorghum for 75,000 displaced people in Kitgum.
Distributed by the Diocese of Kitgum.
April 2003 - $29,491
Local purchase of maize, sorghum and seed for 49,500 farm families in Kotido.
AKRON, Pa. -- Hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes in civil war-torn Liberia, West Africa, leaving behind the farms on which they depended for food. Through several partner organizations, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is contributing both canned meat and funds to help feed displaced children, pregnant women and other Liberians at high risk of hunger.
By Ed Nyce
In July, volunteers from MCC Manitoba and
MCC Canada packed a container with 15,000 blankets destined for the northern
Ugandan city of Kitkum. The population of Kitkum has grown from 42,000
to 75,000 over the past few months. People are fleeing conflict as fighting
between Ugandan government forces and the Lord's Resistance Army moves
through their villages.
MCC Canada - Communications
By Maria Linder-Hess
AKRON, Pa. - From Austria to France, Mennonite churches and organizations across Western Europe have collected nearly 7,000 Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) relief kits to assist families in Iraq.
Holly and John Blosser Yoder, MCC Ethiopia representatives, recently traveled to the Afar region of Ethiopia, near the border with Djibouti, to visit an MCC-supported famine relief project. Through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, MCC provided 500 metric tons of wheat, which the Afar Pastoralist Development Association is distributing as part of a food-for-work project. Holly sent the following report.
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is planning to spend more than $630,000 U.S./$865,000 Cdn. in emergency relief aid, trauma counseling, peace building and clearance of unexploded ordnance in war-torn Iraq.
JERUSALEM -- Since May 10 the Israeli military has been denying hundreds of international workers in Israel/Palestine entrance to the Gaza Strip. The closure jeopardizes the ability of 41 international non-government organizations (NGOs) -- including Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) -- from carrying out humanitarian and development programs in the Gaza Strip.
MCC has sent emergency aid to Ethiopia, where as many as 14 million people need food assistance due to insufficient rain and harvests. A wide-reaching hunger crisis has hit Africa this year. The U.N. World Food Program reports that more than 38 million people across the continent face serious food shortages. MCC is already responding in several southern African countries.
During the first five days in Iraq, the seven member MCC assessment team has been able to visit many of the projects supported by MCC before the war. George Richert, connecting from Baghdad by satellite phone, reported that they have been to hospitals, senior citizen homes, orphanages, schools and the tomato grow project outside of Baghdad.
By Edward Miller