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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.

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.