Greetings from MCC U.S. executive director
Where we work
Growing more food, even in difficult land
"This used to be only rocks, but with the knowledge I’ve acquired I’ve turned it into a garden.”
-Teofilo Colque, farmer in Bolivia
In remote, mountainous communities in Bolivia, farmers like Teofilo Colque
feel the effects of climate change most keenly in how unpredictable and
extreme the weather has become — both in climbing temperatures and
a greater threat of killing frosts and devastating hail. In response, MCC is
helping farmers use irrigation and soil conservation techniques to grow
more diverse crops, even in difficult land.
This is just one way that MCC is helping people across the globe have the food they need to support themselves and their families. See how you can help.
Relief in times of crisis
"I thank everyone who donates for Ukraine, that in difficult times you helped us! This is a very big help."
- Darya Melnyk*, displaced by conflict in Ukraine
Darya Melnyk* and her grandson Andriy* fled Mariupol, a city in Ukraine under occupation by Russian forces. Thanks to the generous support of people like you, they were able to settle into a children’s center that an MCC partner converted into a shelter for displaced Ukrainians in Kharkiv. (*Real names not used for security reasons.)
New income for uprooted families
"If I had not been trained on tailoring … I don’t know what could have happened to us by now."
- Augustine Bidali, South Sudanese refugee in Uganda
Thanks to a tailoring course offered through an MCC partner, Augustine Bidali, who fled from South Sudan to Uganda, now has new ways to support the three younger brothers he is raising. And by successfully completing the course, he was eligible to receive a startup kit including a sewing machine and supplies to begin his business.
This is just one of the ways that MCC is helping people find new ways to support themselves and helping families to rebuild their lives after being forced from home. Your gifts help people forge brighter futures no matter what challenges they are facing.
Education for tomorrow
"I enjoyed learning both in Santali and Bengali. I am happy to go to primary school."
- Laboni Tudu, Tanore, Bangladesh
In Tanore, Bangladesh, an MCC-supported multilingual education program gave 6-year-old Laboni Tudu, shown with her mother Pormila Mardy, a chance to begin her education in Santali. She could use the language of her Indigenous community to set a strong foundation for later learning, while developing her skills in Bengali, the language she needs as she enters a mainstream primary school.
Working for peace and understanding
"To do the work of peace looks different for everybody."
- Linda Moyo, Hesston, Kansas
Through an MCC Young Adult Peacebuilders Training in Colorado, Pricila Ortiz, left, of Phoenix, Arizona, and Linda Moyo, MCC Central States board member from Hesston, Kansas, delved into themes of migration, antiracism, nonviolence, restorative justice and dialogue, learning new skills to take back into their communities.
MCC at work in the U.S.
These are just a few of the ways MCC has made a difference in communities across the U.S. in the past year.
We are so thankful for all who generously shared their time and resources to make these efforts possible.
Developing young leaders
Through Summer Service, young people of color serve in their home communities. In California, Adelaida Hernandez led a youth Bible study and shared stories from her Oaxacan community in a podcast.
Partnering with churches
MCC supports the ministry of local churches, like providing canned meat to this church helping Haitian refugees in Puerto Rico. From left, Father Olin Pierre Louis is shown with MCC East Coast staff member Andrew Bodden.
Making a difference through MCC Thrift shops
In Kansas, MCC Thrift shop volunteers refurbish bikes to provide affordable transportation, just one way that MCC Thrift shops have made a difference locally and raised funds for MCC for 50 years.
Serving local communities
MCC reaches out to local communities, including coordinating volunteers like Evan Kauffman and Adesola Johnson to provide needed home repairs through Sharing With Appalachian People (SWAP).
Offering opportunities for advocacy
In Washington, D.C., MCC provides opportunities and information to help people speak to U.S. policymakers, including by arranging meetings for these bicyclists raising awareness about climate change.
Providing resources for churches and individuals
MCC’s National Peace & Justice Ministries has produced multiweek studies like Peaceful Practices and Embracing Beloved Community that can be used by churches, small groups or Sunday schools.