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30 Apr 2018 description

Por Kiernan Wright

QUITO, Ecuador – A las 9 en punto de la mañana de un martes, Alba Silva, pastora de la Iglesia Menonita de Quito y trabajadora del proyecto de refugiados de la iglesia, apoyado por el CCM, abre una gran puerta metálica y da la bienvenida a unas 20 personas que esperan afuera. Luego distribuye tiras de papel numeradas mientras la gente entra en fila al patio de la iglesia.

Luego de unos minutos, un voluntario trae café y galletas. El sol empieza a trepar sobre los muros, entibiando el aire helado.

27 Apr 2018 description

April 28, 2018 - Compiled by Rachel Bergen

Worldwide more than 65 million people are displaced from their homes — nearly double the population of Canada.

The United Nations says this number is unprecedented and the need for humanitarian assistance is only growing.

The crisis isn’t isolated to one region. People are being displaced all over the world, testing the resources and resilience of populations around the world.

27 Apr 2018 description

April 24, 2018
Story by Rachel Bergen, Photos by Matthew Sawatzky

DURBAN, South Africa – South Africa is home to thousands of refugees and many more asylum seekers and economic migrants seeking better futures, but it has remarkably few social service agencies.

MCC helped start one of the first holistic organizations dedicated to improving the lives of refugees who settled there.

18 Apr 2018 description

By Kiernan Wright

QUITO, Ecuador - At 9 o'clock on a Tuesday morning, Alba Silva, pastor at Quito Mennonite Church and a worker in the church's MCC-supported refugee project, opens a large metal gate, welcoming about 20 people waiting outside. She distributes numbered slips of paper as people file into the church's courtyard.

Within minutes, a volunteer brings coffee and cookies. The sun begins creeping over the walls, warming the chilly air.

06 Apr 2018 description

By Rachel Bergen and Linda Espenshade

Agnès Ntumba remembers the day her husband and seven children fled the violence that took over their village in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo).

“I saw people being killed. They were coming to kill us, and we had to escape,” Ntumba recalled.

26 Mar 2018 description

Sharing the pain of loss

By Rachel Bergen

Imagine the pain of losing a child to war, compounded by not having a safe space to express grief.

This is Claudia Antonovna Ushakova's story. Her son, a soldier in the Ukrainian army, died in combat at the beginning of the war in 2014.

The conflict began in early 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea in southern Ukraine. Unrest spread, intensifying from May through November 2014 as waves of people fled fighting in the Donetsk and Lugansk oblasts (provinces), which share a border with Russia.

22 Mar 2018 description

Many Somali refugee families returning home after years in refugee camps lack basic items, like blankets and school supplies.

This past summer, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) shipped 10,120 school kits and 2,930 comforters to Somalia. They were distributed by Lutheran World Federation (LWF), an MCC partner, at five schools in Kismayo, the capital of Jubaland State.

13 Mar 2018 description

By Rachel Bergen

PIETERMARITZBURG, South Africa - Pastor Samson Matabaro waves at people he passes walking down the streets of Pietermaritzburg and seems to know everyone's name and history. As he makes his way through Little Addis and Little Harare, named for the number of Ethiopians and Zimbabweans populating the areas, he offers a bit of welcome in a country that isn't always hospitable to foreigners seeking asylum.

15 Feb 2018 description

Meat enables hands and feet of Christ in Puerto Rico

By Laura Pauls-Thomas

Feb. 15, 2018

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is well known for sending high-quality cans of turkey, beef, chicken and pork around the world "in the name of Christ," providing important nutrients to people in crisis.

What is less well known, however, is that MCC also sends canned meat to Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, to be used as part of peacebuilding work with Mennonite churches and schools.

25 Jan 2018 description

Washington, D.C. – Today, the leaders of 21 leading organizations involved in international humanitarian response sent a letter to the Trump Administration objecting “in the strongest terms” to the U.S. decision to withhold $65 million in planned U.S. contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

10 Jan 2018 description

Washington, D.C.—Civil society groups, activists, and academics urged the negotiators of the peace talks between the Colombian government and guerrilla group the National Liberation Army (ELN, Ejército de Liberación Nacional) to do their utmost to make a peace agreement a reality. More than 14 U.S.-based organizations and 27 activists declared their support for the peace negotiations, calling on the parties to extend their first-ever temporary bilateral ceasefire, which lasted from October 1, 2017 to January 9, 2018.

20 Dec 2017 description

Summary: An MCC project in rural Burkina Faso supports maternal and child nutrition and hygiene through its partner Foundation of Solidarity for the Promotion of Community Development.

By Rachel Bergen

Dec. 20, 2017

Two years ago, Adjiratou Ouédraogo worried for her son, Sofiane, who was severely malnourished.

Ouédraogo, 26, is from Noaka, Burkina Faso, a rural area near the Sahel Desert where more than 20 percent of children are ill because of a lack of sanitation and proper nutrition. Sofiane was one such child.

01 Dec 2017 description

By Linda Espenshade

Summary: The people of Tuli-Koma, Nigeria, are experiencing much better intestinal and skin health now that they are using drinking water from an MCC-supported borehole instead of a river.

Dec. 1, 2017

TULI-KOMA, Nigeria -- With a small metal bowl, Esther Zogi scoops dirty water out of a shallow puddle on the sandy banks of Kogi River in northeastern Nigeria. When the puddle is nearly empty, she flips the bowl and places it upside down on top of the sand and waits.

01 Dec 2017 description

By Rachel Bergen

November 30, 2017

It's every parent's worst nightmare to be unable to provide for their child.

For 35-year-old Omar, whose last name isn't being used for security reasons, that nightmare was a reality. His son Shakeb was undernourished and very small for his age because of chronic drought and persistent conflict in their area.

"I wasn't able to sleep because every night my son was crying the whole night," Omar explains.

30 Nov 2017 description

By Rachel Bergen

With the support of MCC and other Anabaptist agencies, Mennonite churches in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo distributed emergency food and shelter supplies for 460 displaced families.

18 Oct 2017 description

Girls in some ethnic Masaai communities are rejecting female genital mutilation as MCC’s partner offers them education and alternative ways to mark their passage into adulthood.

By Rachel Bergen

Oct. 18, 2017

Ana Laizer is a grade nine student in Longido, Tanzania, and dreams of going to university to become a successful businesswoman.

For many girls Laizer’s age, this dream might never become reality.

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.