Mennonite Central Committee

Crops and communities flourish with water from new reservoirs
06 May 00 | WADI ARABA, Jordan--Concrete catchments built with Mennonite Central Committee's (MCC) help are serving up water in the desert, in defiance of a severe drought that has parched much of Jordan. The water catchment that serves Abu Atif and his ...

MCC BC Announces New Executive Director
06 May 00 | Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) BC is pleased to announce the appointment of a new executive director, Laura Loewen. Loewen has worked at MCC Africa (as Country Representative in Zambia/Zimbabwe), MCC Canada, and with Menno Travel Service.

MCC executive committee ponders recommendations for closer MCC/Mennonite World Conference relationship
29 Apr 00 | MCC's executive committee helped organize the 1948 MWC assembly. * that MWC and MCC continue the exchange of "participant observers" between executive committees; this could eventually lead to MCC inviting MWC to appoint members to the MCC ...

Villagers in Jordan building dreams with modest loans
29 Apr 00 | MCC first began giving out grants and loans in Jordan some 10 years ago. Greg and Fay Foster, MCC country representatives, have chosen to build up five communities for a few years at a time before moving on to new communities.

MCC to help drill well for K'ekcki school
29 Apr 00 | From the placing of the school's first brick, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has been there, offering design and construction support, supplying work teams, funding and now long-term MCC volunteers. Menno Loewen, an MCC volunteer from Belize, ...

Clouds, but no rain---three-year drought causes hunger in Ethiopia
29 Apr 00 | Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) workers Linda and Robert Hovde report rain clouds appear on the horizon, then the wind blows them away and no rain falls. The grain comes via Canadian contributions to MCC through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

Mennonites join thousands in calling for Jubilee
29 Apr 00 | WASHINGTON-- When Pilgrims Mennonite Church, Akron, Pa., agreed to forego their normal Sunday service and go to a rally calling for cancellation of debt of the world's poorest countries, held in Washington April 9, wooly hats and gloves weren't in...

Peace is a community project for this Hungarian Roman Catholic family
29 Apr 00 | Bokor is one of Mennonite Central Committee's (MCC) partners in peace work in the Balkans and other Eastern European countries. Bokor leader Gyula Simonyi recently visited North American Mennonite communities with his family to share their story ...

Mennonites gather in Washington to discuss race, public policy
29 Apr 00 | Wade Henderson, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights director, asked a group gathered to discuss Anabaptist approaches to race and public policy. Henderson spoke about current challenges to affirmative action during the annual spring seminar ...

MDS, MCC Volunteers Honored at Provincial Awards Ceremony
15 Apr 00 | -- Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Manitoba thrift store volunteers and a Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) volunteer have been honored for their volunteer work in Manitoba. Meanwhile, the 2,500 volunteers of MCC Manitoba thrift stores received ...

Refugee Workers Applaud End of Refugee 'Head Tax'
15 Apr 00 | -- Canada's recent decision to abolish the head tax on refugees frees them from an onerous burden that greatly hindered their adjustment to life here, say Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) refugee workers. "It basically removes a huge obstacle ...

Renewal Coorporation seeks Ways to Revitalize Winnipeg North End
15 Apr 00 | That's the role of the North End Community Renewal Corporation, for which Loewen serves as interim executive director, as part of his work with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Manitoba. Loewen says the renewal corporation won't be real for most...

Social service agency helps fill cracks in China's iron rice bowl
08 Apr 00 | Amity Foundation, a Chinese agency with Christian roots, is one of the first private social service agencies to help fill the gaps. Through a nine-week job training program run by Amity Foundation with the Nanjing Labor Bureau, Cai Chun Hua has ...

Tips left on restaurant tables make big change in Indian students' lives
08 Apr 00 | Kate Myers, Global Family program coordinator, believes that based on population, India is Global Family program's greatest area of need. This past September Sarker traveled to India and visited the children, their families and the schools ...

Forgotten by the world, refugees in Lebanon still dream of better days ahead
08 Apr 00 | SIDON, Lebanon--Hussein Saleh Miaari feels like a forgotten refugee in a land brimming with refugees forgotten by the world. Saleh Miaari is far from alone in Lebanon.

Lessons from Birmingham, Montgomery and Selma
08 Apr 00 | SELMA, Alabama -- It has been 35 years since the fateful march for voting rights across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. Recently, I accompanied congressional representatives to the cities of Birmingham, Montgomery and Selma, Alabama, on a ...

Vocational school in Lebanon offers hope of economic liberation
08 Apr 00 | SIDON, Lebanon --Stuck in the stifling confines of a Palestinian refugee camp here, students of Salaam School are learning vocational skills to help them achieve some economic liberation. Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has been the major ...

Flood refugees in Mozambique to receive MCC-funded survival kits
25 Mar 00 | The effort includes distribution of food, survival kits and school/health kits. One of the first groups in the country to respond to the flood emergency, CCM distributed food to flood victims soon after the floods occurred.

In these difficult times, Mozambicans lend a hand to one another
25 Mar 00 | MAPUTO, Mozambique - For Joaquim Gujamo getting to the Anglican Church in Maputo on Sunday, March 19, was the easy part. Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) workers in Maputo have participated in the effort by assisting with bagging used clothing ...

View from Uganda: Daily choices made for life
25 Mar 00 | MCC has provided funds for furniture for a small nursery school run by several community women who want to provide a good foundation for their children's education. Sam lives in Kampala and runs another home for street children -- Dorcas Children...

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