Join us at the MCC Festival for World Relief on September 18 - 19!
As MCC celebrate the centennial of it's ministry in 2020, we are happy to be a part of this commitment to compassionately serve and learn from vulnerable people around the world.
In situations of conflict or disaster, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is there — providing funds for emergency food and shelter as well as supplies such as MCC relief kits.
They also stay after the world stops focusing on a crisis supporting long-term recovery projects such as:
- Rebuilding homes
- Providing employment through food- and cash-for-work projects
- Helping people heal from trauma
MCC also help communities prepare for future disasters. For example, after the 2010 Haiti earthquake they taught strategies for safer building construction.
In all our relief work they partner with local communities to reduce conflict and meet their most important needs.
MCC works with their local partners around the world to make sure there is food for today, food for tomorrow and food for all.
- In situations of conflict or a disaster, we provide emergency food assistance including food packages, vouchers and cash.
- Our partners work with farmers on new techniques to improve soil health and increase yields.
- We advocate for government policies that allow everyone to access enough food.
Around the world, one in 10 people don’t have access to clean, safe water. Women and girls spend hours every day walking to collect water to drink or use for cooking. And farmers lose crops when they can’t access water for irrigation.
MCC works with local partners to make sure people have access to clean water closer to their homes, both today and in the future. This includes projects such as:
- Constructing systems for collecting rainwater
- Digging wells and building dams for drinking or irrigation
- Training local people to construct and maintain water pumps
- Teaching sanitation and hygiene practices
MCC’s health work focuses on improving health and well-being of vulnerable people, including:
- Teaching prevention for HIV and other communicable diseases
- Providing emotional care and practical supplies for people living with HIV and AIDS
- Supporting medical clinics and health training
- Supporting water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) projects
When a child learns, communities benefit and lives change. Through MCC's education programs, they work alongside local communities and partners to:
- Increase access to education, especially for low-income families, girls, ethnic minorities and children affected by disabilities, HIV or violence.
- Improve the quality of education through professional development for teachers, educational materials and other support for schools.
- Support vocational training to help youth find work in their home communities.
- Promote peace clubs and other initiatives to help develop young people’s full potential as leaders.
Around the world, people become refugees when they are forced to flee their homes because of conflict or violence.
When refugees come to Canada, MCC is there to help with programs that:
- Promote refugee sponsorship and support churches through the process (learn more about refugee sponsorship)
- Inform Canadians about refugee policies and advocate for fair legislation
- Provide refugee claimants with legal support and help with settlement into new cities
- Encourage churches to provide migrant workers with spiritual and practical support
- MCC also does long-term development, working to solve the root causes of conflict and reduce the number of people becoming refugees.
MCC actively promotes the pursuit of peace as they:
- Teach conflict resolution skills and peacebuilding strategies
- Encourage people to courageously choose peace over violence
- Address systemic injustices that can lead to violence
- Facilitate interfaith dialogue and relationship-building across cultural, racial and ethnic divides
- Build resilience and respond to psychological needs through trauma healing
- Provide churches with educational and advocacy resources about peace