Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is pleased to announce the establishment of the annual Michael J. Sharp Global Peacemaker Award, which will recognize and encourage courageous peacebuilders across the world. The…
An MCC staff person in Ukraine, who used to work with displaced people, is now displaced herself. She talks about her experience. In the silence that lived between the…
We constantly fall short in proclaiming and living out Christ’s peace. God’s grace, however, empowers us to follow Christ as active peacemakers in a spirit of humility.
“It’s humbling to be between the people who want to give and the people who are seeing the need, who are trying to get resources into people’s hands,” she says. “But the partners, the people in Ukraine, they’re telling me they’re tired. So many people have left, and for those who remain, there is so much work yet to do.”
“One hundred years ago, we responded to crisis in Ukraine,” says MCC U.S. Executive Director Ann Graber Hershberger. “A century later, we find ourselves walking alongside the people of Ukraine in crisis once again. They are pleading for our prayer and support — and a reminder they have not been forgotten during this time.”
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) B.C. and Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) Canada have entered into a partnership agreement to respond to the floods that hit B.C. last November.
“When the full scope of the flooding became known, it was apparent we needed more resources to help our B.C. Unit to respond,” said Ross Penner, who directs operations for MDS Canada.
It has now been several days since heavy rains caused massive flooding in southern B.C. The situation is rapidly evolving, and we are actively assessing where our help might be needed. We are now inviting cash donations for our BC Flood Response for those impacted by heavy rains and flooding.
All of Joseph Gudo’s hard work was summed up in one small plate of food. He’d laboured for months in the field and uncountable hours in the kitchen all in service to this dish—a neat pile of mashed cowpeas (or black-eyed peas), buoyed by a bold pinch of cayenne pepper and dressed up with pops of colourful diced tomatoes and green peppers. This was everything he’d been working for, his heart and soul on a plate.
“Thank you for not leaving us alone,” one woman told Paul Shetler Fast, MCC’s health coordinator and former representative in Haiti who was present for the Aug. 31 distribution. “We’ve felt very alone these last days waiting after the earthquake, hoping someone would come, hoping someone would not forget us.”
Samir Menassa remembers when his convenience store used to attract many customers. Located among pubs and restaurants in Beirut, Lebanon, the store was a convenient place for people to purchase a few things they needed as they strolled through the area.
That memory blew up along with a massive explosion of ammonium nitrate…
Eight of Alice Joubanian’s grandchildren—all under eight years old—lived with her and her daughter in a Beirut camp for Armenian refugees when a massive explosion of ammonium nitrate rocked the city on Aug. 4, 2020.
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Canada will relocate its central material resources warehouse from Plum Coulee, Manitoba, to New Hamburg, Ontario.
Clean hands and full hearts: Handwashing sparks joy while preventing COVID-19 at a Malawi food distribution
There were no known cases of COVID-19 in Malawi when Vivian Bertrand was planning how to include soap and handwashing in the next food distribution. But it didn’t take long for that to change.
Given the negative economic effects of COVID-19, including funding uncertainties, travel restrictions and other factors; MCC has made strategic decisions regarding other programming to ensure that their core mission remains strong in challenging times and continues to benefit some of the world’s most vulnerable people.