Foodgrains Bank continues Syrian conflict reponse

Friday, May 12, 2017

This spring marks the beginning of the seventh year of the Syrian conflict. Hundreds of thousands of innocent people, notably children, are bearing the brunt of a horrific…

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Learning to bear witness

Friday, April 21, 2017

What all comes to mind when you hear the phrase “being a witness”? Does it necessitate speaking or being active? Can one bear witness simply by listening? I…

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MCC’s Syrian partners deliver assistance despite intensified fighting

Friday, November 18, 2016

In October, students arriving at a Christian school in Aleppo, Syria, discovered that a rocket had blown out a portion of a classroom. So many rockets were landing in the area that the school administrators hadn’t yet realized the school was hit.

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Honouring Alan Kurdi

Friday, September 2, 2016
Displaced people in Iraq. (Photo courtesy of Afkar Society for Development and Relief)

Refugee sponsorship surges at MCC Canada after September 2, 2015: the heartbreaking picture of Alan Kurdi’s body on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea was a wake-up call to the world. MCC’s migration and resettlement director Brian Dyck reflects on how the response shaped MCC and Canadians.

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Unexpected blessing

Sunday, May 1, 2016

  pace space When they arrived in Prince George, Westwood’s first Syrian family walked into a fully stocked kitchen. The support team had conscientiously researched staple foods for…

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Foodgrains Bank receives $2.5 million from Government of Canada for Syria Relief

Friday, April 29, 2016

Foodgrains Bank receives $2.5 million from Government of Canada for Syria Relief Emergency assistance to 57,000 people a month for five months within Syria A grant of $2.5…

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Syria, Iraq crisis response largest in MCC history

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

AKRON, Pa. Since the Syrian war began five years ago in March, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has spent about US$34.6 million to relieve the suffering of Syrians, Iraqis and…

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Emergency food brings hope to families

Saturday, February 27, 2016

When Mira and her family fled from their home in Syria, she decided to quickly pack a lone piece of jewellery in her bag. She had no idea…

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“I feel it’s my country now”

Friday, February 19, 2016
Syrian refugees - MCC

The greeting you get when visiting Yhya Al Kurdi’s apartment is full of excitement. Before you actually reach the door, Al Kurdi has opened it and stands at the end of the long corridor, waiting as you walk the rest of the way. Though he doesn’t know much English yet, he’ll give an enthusiastic, “hello, hello, hello!” as he ushers you inside. It’s been a long time since he had a safe home to invite anyone into.

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Foodgrains Bank receives $1 million from government for Syria relief

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

A grant of $1 million from the Canadian government will enable Canadian Foodgrains Bank to continue to assist people affected by the conflict in Syria in 2016. The…

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Lightening the load

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Providing relief and hope in Syria Every morning, before Samer al Laham goes to work, he checks to make sure it’s safe to go outside. That’s because in…

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MCC responds to Syrian and Iraqi refugee crisis

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

  To leave or to stay? Many Syrian and Iraqi families face that question as the conflict continues to rage around them. International humanitarian assistance is dwindling and…

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Canadian government to match donations for Syrian refugee crisis

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

*See January 7, 2016 update below* The Government of Canada has announced it will match all donations for the Syrian crisis response dollar-for-dollar through its new Syria Emergency…

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Syrian conflict continues to displace millions, Foodgrains Bank responding

Thursday, September 3, 2015

A photo of a dead child washed up on shore. Crowds of refugees walking towards safety in Europe. Overcrowded boats filled with frightened families.

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The first step

Monday, August 31, 2015

It’s been a year since Qasim* left his home in Sinjar, Iraq. He was fleeing an advance by the Islamic State Group – the same one that left tens of thousands of Yazidis like him stranded in the mountains. Qasim, his parents and three brothers, along with their wives and children, spent two days in a camp before moving on because it was too crowded.

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