Handwashing stations promote health in crowded slum

Jul 6, 2020 by and

NAIROBI, Kenya — Mathare settlement isn’t an easy place to stay clean and healthy on an ordinary day, so preventing COVID-19 from infecting people in a crowded slum of Nairobi is a challenge. Most of the...

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Tractor whisperer

Jul 6, 2020 by and

Each year, relief sales raise more than $4.5 million for Mennonite Central Committee’s work around the world. They are made possible by the work of hundreds of volunteers. Some, like Jerry Toews of Goessel,...

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MCC U.S. executive director transition planned in October

Jun 29, 2020 by and

Leadership of Mennonite Central Committee U.S. will transition in October as J Ron Byler retires as executive director and current associate executive director Ann Graber Hershberger moves into the role. The...

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Climate-change conflict resolution

Jun 8, 2020 by and

As climate change takes its toll on Zimbabwe, millions who rely on agriculture are threatened with food scarcity. But Edfil Moyo, a subsistence farmer in Gwanda District, has been able to adapt. “For the...

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MCC canned meat eases economic hardship in U.S.

Jun 1, 2020 by and

Meat canned by Mennonite Central Committee has traveled around the world, and now it’s hailing a taxi in New York City. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S., Mennonite Central Committee U.S. is...

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MCC cuts programs as coronavirus hits income

May 26, 2020 by , and

With income falling short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mennonite Central Committee is ending programming in several countries, cutting its workforce and canceling for this year an international exchange...

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New latrines, water system improve health in Congo

May 25, 2020 by and

BUKAVU, Democratic Republic of Congo — The 12 new toilets at Institute Katuze Secondary School do more than prevent disease better than the two old pit toilets they replaced. They also reduce violence and...

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Partners in Appalachia adapt as need grows

Apr 27, 2020 by and

Sharing With Appalachian People staff continue supporting local partners as they distribute food in Kentucky and West Virginia, but the coronavirus pandemic is changing the way they get food to the people who...

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Pandemic disrupts Plain life

Apr 27, 2020 by and

On Easter morning, an Old Order Mennonite friend invited me to worship with the horse-and-buggy Groffdale Mennonite Conference. But I did not need to travel to an Old Order meetinghouse. I simply dialed the...

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MCC works to address pandemic amid decreased revenue streams

Mar 31, 2020 by and

Mennonite Central Committee is continuing its work around the world, helping to limit the spread of coronavirus, even as COVID-19 diminishes events and activities that support MCC. Water, sanitation and...

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Washington Witness: Central America is rich

Mar 23, 2020 by and

Central America isn’t poor. In Spanish, unlike English, there are two forms of the verb “to be.” One expresses a temporary reality (“it is cold outside”), the other an enduring fact (“this is a...

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MCC helps refugees access clean water in Chad

Mar 16, 2020 by and

With a series of quick, practiced strokes, Aïchatou Hamidou clears the area around a newly built latrine with a long broom made from dry grass. After the trash and waste are swept into a tidy pile and safely...

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A call to offer welcome and refuge

Feb 24, 2020 by and

Over two weeks in January and February, I traveled in the U.S.-Mexico border region from San Diego, Calif., to Brownsville, Texas, with stops in more than 10 cities on both sides of the border. I have seen and...

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9,500 comforters warm the winter

Feb 10, 2020 by , and

With the whir of sewing machines, the snip of scissors and the hum of conversation as music to work by, volunteers across two continents completed 9,504 comforters as part of Mennonite Central Committee’s...

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Great Winter Warm-up opens MCC centennial activities

Jan 6, 2020 by and

Throughout 2020, Mennonite Central Committee is inviting supporters to celebrate its centennial with commemorative events, comforter making, giving opportunities, storytelling and more. Activities begin Jan....

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Canned meat for ‘humble people in need’

Nov 25, 2019 by and

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Mennonite Central Committee mobile meat canner operator Tristan Pries had to fight back tears. “We were helping the homeless people with the food,” he said. “I learned to...

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‘Just memory’ of Vietnam

Oct 7, 2019 by and

HANOI, Vietnam — My husband, Josh Kvernen, and I visited Nguyen Thi Thanh, a 74-year-old woman living in the central part of Vietnam, as we laid the groundwork for a 2018 Mennonite Central Committee learning...

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MCC meat canner hits the road for another season

Oct 7, 2019 by and

Mennonite Central Committee begins its 73rd year of canning meat for people in crisis around the world Oct. 7. Volunteers have been participating in this project for almost three-quarters of the century MCC...

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Survivors rebuild lives

Sep 16, 2019 by , and

TSHIKAPA, Democratic Republic of Congo — Four women laughed as they filled a water trough for their pigs — ­animals that hold the promise of income. Their laughter stood in contrast to their experiences,...

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Lessons at the city dump

Aug 26, 2019 by and

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — The mountain made of trash is reflected in the litter-covered neighborhoods on the hillsides below. Trash that had been dumped on top of the mountain sifts down through the makeshift...

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