Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches, shares God's love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice.
The Meadowgreen neighbourhood of Saskatoon is home to newcomers to Canada and indigenous people, and has been historically underserved. Through an after-school program called Bread for Success, your support provides homework assistance, career exploration, cooking lessons and gardening projects for young people from different racial and ethnic backgrounds.
Kashechewan First Nation is a small, fly-in Indigenous community in remote Northeast Ontario, Canada. A third of the 300 students who attend St. Andrew's School there have disabilities or are considered “at risk.” Your support helps pay for an educational support worker to walk alongside these students and help them achieve their educational goals.
Location: Kashechewan First Nation, Ontario, Canada Partner: St. Andrew's School
Many underfunded schools in Philadelphia cannot afford sports, arts or after-school tutoring. Three Christian ministries in ethnically diverse neighborhoods offer out-of-school programs that provide tutoring, mentorship and creative play for children, kindergarten to grade 12. Your gift encourages literacy, STEM education, peacemaking, critical thinking and the arts.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Partners: Kingdom Builders Network
“We do not believe that it is the will of God that his marvelous creation be brought down by the moral and social decay that is caused by poverty,” say the organizers of Education for Hope. Your support covers educational costs, serves lunch and provides social skills training for HIV/AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children in Burkina Faso’s capital city.
Location: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso Partner: ABIEL Association
Ouagadougou has the highest rate of HIV in a country ransacked by AIDS. Children who lose parents to AIDS—or who have AIDS—have dramatically worse chances of attending school. Seed of Hope brings hope to children torn by the AIDS pandemic. Your support pays for school, food and medical costs, and the salary of a program coordinator.
Location: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso Partner: Action SIDA des Assembles de Dieu (ASAD)
In Burkina Faso it is common for extended family to take in children who are vulnerable or orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Unfortunately many host families cannot afford additional children. With your support Song Kibse helps families in Pô with school fees, clothing and medication, and offers a stipend to its volunteers.
Location: Pô, Burkina Faso Partner: Song-Kibse (Welcome the Orphans)
In Gitega Province nearly everyone farms, but there is not enough land to support every household. This problem especially affects orphans and families crippled by HIV/AIDS. Your support gives rural youth the opportunity to learn carpentry, masonry or tailoring through local apprenticeships. It also provides AIDS education.
Location: Bukirasazi, Gitega Province, Burundi Partner: Union Chrétienne pour la Paix et le Développement (UCPD)
Twa people (Batwa) often have been mistreated in Burundi. Many Twa children grow up believing they are inferior. Hope School of Nyangungu was created by Batwa for Batwa and other vulnerable children. It integrates Twa, Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups among students and teachers. Your contribution pays teacher salaries and training and provides school supplies and furniture.
Location: Mutaho, Burundi Partner: Union Chrétienne pour l'Éducation et le Développement des Déshérités (UCEDD)
War and AIDS have left thousands of children vulnerable around Moundou, Chad. Village Altonodji serves 300 of these children. It offers kindergarten through high school with nine dormitories and a bakery, library, chapel and sewing workshop on site. Your gift trains student leaders and staff and provides school supplies, food and uniforms for students.
Location: Moundou, Chad Partner: Société pour L’Enfanceet le Développement au Tchad (SCPEDT)
AJOSMO (Assistance of Young Orphans without Means) is the Christian women’s union of an Evangelical church in N'Djamena, Chad. The group believes it is their Christian duty to care for widows and orphans. War and AIDS have left many orphans in Chad. Your gift helps AJOSMO pay for school fees, books, uniforms and food for hundreds of children in N'Djamena.
Location: N'Djamena, Chad Partner: Assistance of Young Orphans without Means (AJOSMO)
War has displaced hundreds of thousands of people in the Kivu region. Children in displaced families often cannot attend school and are at risk of exploitation, delinquency and substance abuse. Your gift protects children living in two internally displaced persons (IDP) camps near Lake Kivu by paying fees and providing supplies for them to attend local schools.
Location: Shasha and Mubimbi IDP camps, DR Congo Partner: Church of Christ of Congo (ECC-MERU)
In Ethiopia’s Tigrai region, many children who have lost parents to AIDS are raised by extended family members. Anna Hofer ensures that these families can send their children to school by providing food, clothing, medical expenses and a small savings account for each child. Your support also helps guardians—especially single mothers—start small businesses.
Location: Mekelle, Ethiopia Partner: Anna Hofer Child & Family Support Organization (AHCFSO)
Thousands of people have moved to Entoto Mountain, on the north edge of Addis Ababa, for healing from HIV/AIDS. Many end up without health care, reliable employment or access to education. Your gift provides educational materials, homework assistance, life skills training, computer training and group and individual counseling for 200 children affected by HIV/AIDS. Some are HIV positive.
Location: Entoto Mountain, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Partner: Beza Community Development Association
Dire poverty plagues many of Ethiopia’s urban centers. In Adama (Nazret), half of school-aged children do not attend school. Remember the Poorest runs the city’s only kindergarten that does not charge admission fees. Your contribution also provides tutoring, educational materials, home visits and teacher training that benefits more than 250 students from low-income families.
Location: Adama (Nazret), Ethiopia Partner: Remember the Poorest Community
One baby is abandoned each day among the six hospitals that Hope Community Centre visits. Most are AIDS orphans; others are victims of drug abuse, alcoholism and poverty. The Centre provides group homes and schools for 200 of these children. Your gift supports teacher salaries and food for children and staff. The Centre’s own farm provides additional food and hands-on learning for the children.
Location: North Kinangop, Kenya Partner: Hope Community Centre
Violence in Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan continues to displace people into Kenya. Orphaned and abandoned children are especially vulnerable. Your gift provides refuge and education for these children. Emmanuel Centre supports children through primary, secondary and vocational schools until they can support themselves and potentially return to their home countries.
Location: Juja Gahororo, Kenya Partner: Emmanuel Centre
Post-election violence in 2008 exposed Kenya’s tribal divisions. Many wounds remain. Without intervention, children absorb the hurt and prejudice of the adults around them. Your gift supports school peace talks, peace workshops for teachers and 55 peace clubs in schools across five provinces.
Location: Kimende, Kenya Partner: Lari Memorial Peace Museum
Many Kenyan teachers face overcrowded classrooms, inadequate supplies and students who are homeless, orphaned by AIDS or exposed to drugs, crime and the sex trade. Learning Ways provides professional development and educational materials for teachers to meet these challenges. Your gift benefits students in five schools, both urban and rural.
Half a million people live in Mathare North, a poor district in Nairobi. Single mothers struggle to support their children with short-term jobs like washing clothes or collecting garbage. Most children live hand to mouth. Education gives families a chance to break the cycle of poverty. Your gift supports 460 students from preschool to grade 8 by providing books, food, sanitation and teacher stipends.
Location: Mathare North, Nairobi, Kenya Partner: Menno Kids Academy
Embakasi, Nairobi, is crowded and prone to flooding. Roads are poorly constructed. There are water and power shortages. But the Embakasi community is strong. Residents host trainings, organize clean-up days and support Mukuru Mennonite Academy for children who otherwise couldn’t afford school. Your donation funds teacher training and stipends, school renovations and nutritious meals for students.
Location: Embakasi, Nairobi, Kenya Partner: Embakasi Mennonite Church
In 2009 teacher Rhoda Silu began providing child care so mothers could sell goods at the Kola market. Today Starlight Academy educates more than 160 children from age 2 through standard 4. School fees are waived for a fifth of the students if they cannot pay. Your gift supports teacher salaries, continuing education for staff and efforts to involve parents in their children’s education.
Location: Kola, Machakos County, Kenya Partner: Starlight Academy
Migrant workers on Kenya’s coffee plantations are not paid enough to support their families. Child labor, early pregnancy, crime and HIV/AIDS have kept communities poor and uneducated. With your support, the Tumaini Brooks Centre is providing meals, counseling and preschool to secondary school for 600 children in Kiambu, just outside of Nairobi. Little by little you are helping to break the cycle of poverty.
Location: Kiambu, Kenya Partner: Tumaini Child Development Centre
Census data suggest that nearly 20% of Mozambique’s population is under 5 years old. The Anglican Church is preparing 5,000 of these children for school through 40 preschools in 15 communities across rural Manica and Sofala Provinces. Your support funds meals, school supplies and teacher training, with attention to nutrition, peacemaking, honoring local culture and reducing early marriages.
Location: Manica and Sofala Provinces, Mozambique Partner: Anglican Communion of Mozambique
Mozambique suffered a bloody civil war from 1977 to 1992. The agricultural area around Muxunguè faced some of the heaviest fighting. Now many young people cannot support themselves by farming. Your support pays for carpentry and sewing classes. With practical skills young people start small businesses and earn enough money for necessities.
Location: Muxunguè, Mozambique Partner: Association of the United Church of Christ Members for Social Development (AMICUMO)
There are few secondary schools in southern Sofala Province. Cost, distance, transportation and social constraints prevent many girls from attending. In 2002 the United Church of Christ built a girls’ dormitory at Machanga Secondary School. Your support helps to cover tuition, school supplies and nutritious meals for 40 girls from rural communities who live there.
Location: Machanga, Mozambique Partner: United Church of Christ