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13 Oct 2017 description

Summary: MCC’s mobile cannery is traveling to 32 locations across eastern and central U.S. and Ontario to can meat for thousands of people around the world.

Oct. 5, 2017

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine -- The children come and go from the kitchen at the Gurzhiy household in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine. The attraction is pizza, made for 8-year-old Veronika’s birthday party.

“We got some canned meat last week,” says Veronika’s mom, Yulia Gurzhiy. “We used it to make this pizza today and it’s very good.”

26 Sep 2017 description

Summary: MCC is working with partners in Cuba, including the Brethren in Christ Church, to provide emergency food and shelter, support small-scale farmers and repair homes following the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma.

Supporting hope in Cuba By Julie Bell

Sept. 26, 2017

Bonnie Klassen remembers the haunting, howling wind.

“It was a deep, threatening growl. I had knots in my stomach,” she says. “That wind was purely destructive.”

21 Sep 2017 description

By Rachel Bergen

MCC is responding to the two earthquakes which ravaged Mexico, including the 7.1-magnitude quake that hit southern Mexico near Atencingo, Puebla state, causing significant damage in Mexico City on September 19.

Hundreds of buildings collapsed in Mexico City, including some schools, trapping people in the rubble. More than 225 were killed in the capital, and the death toll continues to rise as citizens pick through what’s left of buildings.

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

12 Sep 2017 description

Osa Jonmarits and his family were awakened in the middle of the night as water rushed into their mud and stone house on the mountains of La Chapelle, Haiti, and covered them in their beds.

The flash flooding came from Hurricane Irma, a category-five hurricane that passed to the north of Haiti on Sept. 7. It caused flash floods and heavy winds from the country’s northern shores to its deep interior, where La Chapelle is located.

07 Sep 2017 description

By Rachel Bergen

MCC is responding with emergency relief assistance in the wake of severe flooding and landslides across parts of Nepal, India and Bangladesh.

Two weeks of incessant monsoon rains occurring at the end of August displaced more than 1.7 million people and killed 1,246 in the region.

The floods have destroyed homes, crops and livestock, as well as important buildings like schools and health clinics. Families need food, clean water and shelter, and the flooding has caused higher risk of water-borne diseases.

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.

18 Aug 2017 description

By Julie Bell

DHADING DISTRICT, Nepal – The evidence of learning interrupted was everywhere. Notebooks and stray paper, broken chairs and tables were strewn across a classroom at Janajagriti Higher Secondary School – the aftermath of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked Nepal on April 25, 2015.

17 Aug 2017 description

A collaborative Anabaptist response will soon reach some of the 1.4 million people displaced by armed conflict in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) with food, household items and shelter supplies.

The response, shaped and implemented by Congolese Mennonite and Mennonite Brethren church-based relief committees and coordinated by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), is supported by global and Canada- and U.S.-based Anabaptist organizations.

03 Jul 2017 description

Blurb: When sexual and gender-based violence spiked in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew, MCC used donations to help its partner SOFA respond to the needs of survivors.

By Paul Shetler Fast

July 3, 2017

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — When people think of disasters, such as Hurricane Matthew that battered Haiti in the fall of 2016, the images that often come to mind are of flattened houses, destroyed infrastructure, fleeing families and hungry people. The suffering is clear and public.

06 Jun 2017 description

Violence among armed groups in Colombia is escalating as FARC-EP demobilizes, threatening the Mennonite Brethren churches in the Chocó region anew, even as they continue to work and pray for peace.

By Rachel Bergen

MCC partners in Colombia continue to walk with people affected by more than 50 years of violence, as new armed conflict emerges even after a peace accord was signed between the government and the country’s largest rebel group.

11 May 2017 description

May 11, 2017

As more than 350,000 Iraqis have fled the violence in and around the city of Mosul, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is providing food and household supplies to those who slip through the safety net of other humanitarian organizations.

In Mosul, civilians are directed to emergency camps away from the front lines as Iraqi security forces, international coalition forces and other armed groups are battling to reclaim Mosul city from ISIS. However, many of the camps are full beyond capacity and unsuitable for long-term displacement.

22 Mar 2017 description

By Rebecca Shetler Fast and Ted Oswald

March 21, 2017

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Hurricane Matthew hit the rural community of Wopisa-Gabriyèl, Haiti, hard in early October 2016, leading MCC to respond to sanitation needs identified by community leaders.

“There was a lot of damage to this community in the storm,” says Previl Pierre, a local leader and community monitor in MCC’s environmental education program in the Artibonite region in central Haiti. “Many goats and cows died, and whole gardens were lost.”

23 Feb 2017 description

By Rachel Bergen

MCC is funding an emergency water project for 10,000 families in the Iraqi town of Qayyara and the surrounding area after residents were liberated from ISIS in August 2016.

For two years, the people of Qayyara had suffered under the rule of the Islamic militant group, which stole houses and possessions, enforced a strict dress code, restricted access to the outside world and imprisoned, tortured or killed those who violated their laws or opposed their rule.

However, gaining freedom from tyranny also had its costs.

10 Jan 2017 description

BEIRUT, Lebanon -- A visit to Gift and Thrift Shop in Virginia, one of Mennonite Central Committee’s (MCC) 108 thrift shops, was a revelation to Tarek Chebli, a peacebuilding student from Lebanon. Thrift shops are an unknown concept in Lebanon, Chebli said, so he was intrigued by what he learned on a day trip there with other students attending the 2015 Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va.

22 Dec 2016 description

By Doreen Martens

Dec. 22, 2016

BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Rev. Ibrahim Nseir is chatting at a Beirut hotel in late November with others attending a gathering of Protestant church leaders from around the Middle East and beyond when a call comes in from his wife, back in Aleppo, Syria.

She has just heard that one of the families in their Presbyterian congregation had a rocket land in front of their house at midnight. It blew out the windows, splattering the sleeping family with shards of glass.

22 Dec 2016 description

By Rachel Bergen

Dec. 22, 2016

WINNIPEG, Man. – In the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), also known as North Korea, MCC canned meat is providing critical nourishment for thousands of people suffering from tuberculosis and hepatitis.

In partnership with its U.S.-based partner, Christian Friends of Korea (CFK), MCC helps meet up to 50 percent of protein needs in the nearly 30 hospitals, rest homes and clinics the organization serves.

15 Dec 2016 description

By Marla Pierson Lester

Dec. 15, 2016

In areas of Burkina Faso where farming families grapple with malnutrition and erratic rainfall, MCC-supported food security projects are making a difference.

AKRON, Pa. – Step into the fields of Etienne Tiendrébeogo in Yé, Burkina Faso, and you’ll notice something striking – large half-moon shapes dug into the soil, adding a fanciful touch to the dirt of rural fields.

The result is anything but fanciful.

13 Dec 2016 description

MCC partners in Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), also known as North Korea, work to ease suffering of thousands affected by flooding and landslides in northern counties.

By Rachel Bergen

WINNIPEG, Man. – MCC’s partners in Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), also known as North Korea, are working to provide relief assistance for the hundreds of thousands of people affected by flooding and landslides in the isolated country.