2022/2023 Annual Impact Report - Canada and International
Thank you from MCC Canada's executive director
Your gifts at work around the world
Every year, MCC responds to disasters all around the world, providing emergency relief to people after devastating loss. And because of your continued support, the work doesn’t end there. After immediate needs
are addressed, we work to rebuild and restore what was lost, physically and emotionally. Here are a few updates of what MCC’s work looks like in the months after the initial events of disaster in Syria, Ukraine and sub-Saharan Africa.
MCC continues to respond to the destruction left in the wake of earthquakes that devastated Syria and Türkiye in early 2023. In Syria, after responding to short-term needs in the immediate aftermath, MCC partners like the Fellowship of Middle East Evangelical Churches (FMEEC) have begun longer-term projects that will provide food packages, hygiene items and trauma support in places that were particularly hard hit. The project will run for nine months with the goal of helping families regain long-term access to food. This photo shows some FMEEC volunteers distributing relief kits to shelters.
Trauma healing in Ukraine
The war in Ukraine continues to disrupt and endanger the lives of millions. In addition to providing relief for immediate needs like food and shelter, MCC partners are also working to address the trauma that conflict like this inflicts on people. One MCC partner, Association of Mennonite Brethren Churches of Ukraine (AMBCU), is using equine therapy to help children with physical and emotional rehabilitation.
Last year, a crisis of extreme hunger emerged, putting the lives of millions of already vulnerable people in danger. The conflict in Ukraine, combined with other factors like flooding and the worst drought in 40 years in East Africa, led to inflated food prices and a global hunger crisis. The number of people facing extreme hunger has more than doubled since 2020. Your support allowed MCC to respond to these increasing needs in countries around the world. We are providing emergency food for thousands of families whose options have run out in places like South Sudan, pictured to the left.
International program highlights
Your support sent life-saving food and relief to Ukraine.
“Thank God that we were able to get MCC humanitarian aid. It helped us a lot.” - Hennadiy*, recipient of MCC relief in Ukraine
people received emergency food assistance globally
people in Ukraine have been supported through MCC’s 14 local partners
households received home repairs or reconstruction
people received financial support or rent assistance
Featured relief story
Before the escalation of the war in Ukraine, Nadiya O.* and her husband lived near the city of Uman. Together they grew a vegetable garden and kept bees, selling their honey to make some extra cash. But shortly after the conflict worsened, her husband died from a heart attack.
Then Russian military bombing destroyed their home, turning to ash most of the beehives they had once tended together. In Ukrainian, the name Nadiya means hope, but her situation left little reason to feel hopeful. However, your caring gifts have provided an essential lifeline to Nadiya and thousands of Ukrainians like her.
MCC sent five containers full of canned meat, comforters and other relief items to Uman and other nearby cities this year, focused on reaching
the most vulnerable. Partners also distributed supplies to help people survive the cold winter with limited heating or electricity. One small wood stove costs $54 and provides a person or family a reliable way to cook their own food.
"We gave to people whose homes were destroyed, people who lost their jobs, the elderly people with small pension benefits and people living with disabilities,” says Nadiya T.*, program coordinator for MCC in Ukraine.
Because of your generous and prayerful contribution, Ukrainians with no other support are getting their basic needs met.
Above photo caption: "A woman* in a village recovered from Russian military control in Ukraine's Kherson region received a small wood stove from MCC partner Uman Help Center. (Photo courtesy of Uman Help Center)
*Names are shortened or omitted for security reasons.
Story Location Ukraine — Jan 2023
In this episode of Relief, Development and Podcast, MCC Canada staff Emily Loewen shares audio diaries from her 2022 trip to western Ukraine. "You know, from the outside, when you read news about Ukraine … you’d think people would feel really discouraged and hopeless. At least that’s what I assumed. But so many people are mostly reflecting on the many ways that other people have helped them, that communities have supported them."
You’re helping farmers respond to climate change around the world.
"We got trained on new techniques to make good produce. Now we share and learn together with others." - Rath Morn, Cambodian farmer
people trained in improved agriculture and animal production methods
people received agricultural supplies, including seeds and tools
increase in the variety of food grown in kitchen gardens with support of a food security project in Bangladesh
projects in 18 countries supported through MCC’s account at Canadian Foodgrains Bank
Featured food story
When Rath Morn* (pictured above) was growing up in Sampor, Cambodia, his family could count on reliable dry and wet seasons to grow their crops. For generations, that reliability meant bountiful crops and prosperous farmers.
But as our climate has continued to change, so have the realities of farming in Cambodia. Scorching temperatures cause essential water sources to dry out, for both crops and animals. The once-consistent wet seasons now bring hard-driving rain that flattens or drowns crops.
But your donations are supporting Morn in adapting to the changing realities he’s facing.
For $482, MCC partner Organization to Develop Our Villages (ODOV) built a fishpond and filled it with fish. For $67, they built a chicken coop and stocked it with hens and a rooster. Thanks to these resources and the agricultural training ODOV provides, with funding through MCC’s account at Canadian Foodgrains Bank, Morn’s family now earns around $63 per month.
He sees the difference these changes are making in his neighbours: “People are getting better, and I can see the improvements in their families. In each family, people do not do anything that would cause harm to others. Instead, they share with each other.”
*In Cambodia, names are written with the surname appearing first, followed by the given name.
You provided safe access to life-giving water.
"Now peace has come. Water is near the house. They can go at anytime they like." - Edo Falanka, project coordinator for MCC partner Communauté des Eglises de Frères Mennonites au Congo
(CEFMC; Community of Mennonite Brethren Churches in Congo)
people now have access to an improved water source
people now have access to a new or improved latrine or sanitation facility
drinking water systems built or repaired
water harvesting structures for irrigation constructed or repaired
Featured water story
On a good morning, Chanelle Kingenzi (pictured above) would need an hour to fetch water from the spring nearest to her family’s home in Kanzombi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo). That water would be enough for her, her three siblings and mother to bathe and cook breakfast before school started.
On bad mornings, fighting in line could delay her three or four hours, making her miss part of the school day. Chanelle’s family was displaced by violence elsewhere in DR Congo, so sometimes the others in line would treat her poorly. More than once, she was threatened or hurt, or went home with no water. But your generosity has changed all of that for Chanelle.
With your support, a local MCC partner drilled a series of deep borehole wells in Kanzombi and other communities nearby. For around $32,000, the well, storage tank and water taps provide fresh, clean water to thousands, who no longer must risk their safety for drinking water.
Now instead of a long and unsafe journey, Chanelle can take a short walk to the well and fill her containers with almost no effort. No longer does she have to risk missing school or her own safety just to have water to drink.
You’re giving children access to the health care they need.
"I’m a changed person...I’m using what I’ve learned to keep my children and myself healthy." - Mary Atheen, mother to a baby receiving vaccines at the Mary Ward Primary Health Care Centre
people received direct clinical care
people received hygiene items, including menstrual health supplies
of women and girls in a sexual violence prevention
program in Haiti now feel comfortable discussing with friends and family the abuse they experienced
of girls in an Ethiopian school system now have regular access to sanitary pads — an increase of 23%
Featured health story
About one in 10 children born in South Sudan don’t survive to see their fifth birthday. This heartbreaking statistic is caused by many factors, including new mothers simply not having access to health care.
But thanks to your compassionate support, an MCC partner in South Sudan is providing health care to many who would otherwise go without.
The Mary Ward Primary Health Care Centre is part of the Loreto Rumbek School in South Sudan. In addition to providing a fully staffed pharmacy, recovery unit, examination rooms and mental and sexual health services, each week they host a child vaccination clinic. Their program gets newborns on a five-month vaccine series for diseases including polio, hepatitis B, tuberculosis and many others.
As an incentive to stick to the entire program, the clinic offers an MCC infant care kit to mothers whose children complete the entire slate of immunizations. The clinic provides around 3,000 vaccinations each year, and each child’s continued health creates a testimony that combats vaccine skepticism in South Sudan, says clinic nurse Mary Alual.
"It’s not only the vaccines, but everything they’re learning about health here," Mary says. "Handwashing, the connection between child and mother health, many things."
Above photo caption: Cholhok Maluk (right)and Teresa Ayen (middle) look through an infant care kit during an infant immunization session at the Mary Ward Primary Health Care Centre in Rumbek, South Sudan. (David Lomuria/MCC/Fairpicture)
Anne Kuria is the counsellor at the Mary Ward Primary Health Care Centre that runs out of Loreto Rumbek School in South Sudan. As a school counsellor, she’s seen how important the clinic is to ensuring girls get an education. "The [health care] centre is here in part to protect the girl child’s education. And not only education but [to protect] against forced and early marriages as well."
In this photo, Anne demonstrates the use of the contents of a diginity kit provided by MCC to students at Loreto Rumbek School. (MCC/Fairpicture photo/David Lomuria)
You’re providing safety and support to people on the move.
"Serving [at Casa del Migrante] has given me new eyes to see, learn and share with my neighbours who are on journeys of migration." - Katrina Shenk, MCC SALT participant
serving at Casa del Migrante IN
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Photo caption: Casa del Migrante staff Hector Pablo (left) gives an MCC hygiene kit to Liam Josue (right) at Casa del Migrante in Guatemala City. (MCC photo/Meghan Mast)
452 refugees from DR Congo, Ethiopia, Iraq, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Vietnam and the countries listed below were resettled in Canada through MCC-supported sponsorship.
refugees resettled to Canada from Syria
refugees resettled from to Canada from Eritrea
refugees resettled to Canada from Afghanistan
refugees resettled to Canada from Iran
Featured migration story
There are many reasons why someone might migrate. It could be to find new work, join family or study. It might be to flee violence or disaster. Whatever the cause, there are more people on the move today than ever before, and many are facing immense hardship and danger trying to reach their destination.
That’s why your generous support for MCC partners like Casa del Migrante is so important.
In Guatemala City, Casa del Migrante is a place of shelter and care for people on the move through this part of Central America. Migrants can access legal advice, food and medicine, medical and dental care, spiritual support and a variety of other help before they continue their journey.
Carlos López, the director of Casa del Migrante, says that while they cannot promise people safety on their journey, they try to provide everything they can when migrants come through their doors.
They offer “security, trust and safeguarding to know that they are not at risk or in danger inside the shelter’s facilities,” says Carlos. “But above all, [we offer] empathy on the part of the staff.”
Peace & Justice
You are advocating for climate justice.
"It’s important to adapt with ancestral knowledge but also by using new technologies that are coming up. I think that’s the only way we will be able to learn to live with climate change." - Gabriel Acarapi Chuca, a technician with MCC partner PRODII, working in remote Bolivian communities
people trained in conflict transformation, peacebuilding or mediation globally
meetings between policymakers in Ottawa and MCC staff
peace clubs active this year
letters sent to parliamentarians by MCC supporters
Featured peace & justice story
Lidia Chambi (pictured above) is a farmer in Chiro Kasa, Bolivia. In addition to tending her own crops, she helps other farmers in her community succeed in the unforgiving environment high up in the mountains.
Climate change is causing water to become scarce; this leads to conflict between neighbours as everyone tries to get enough. And when new weather patterns cause harsh rains to wash away crops, families are split apart as some migrate to larger cities for paying work. But your loving generosity is enabling just action to address these issues.
Working with MCC partner PRODII (Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Development Program), Lidia and farmers like her are combatting the injustice caused by climate change. By helping farmers learn new techniques to adapt to the changing climate (and sometimes even reviving ancestral agricultural techniques), they’re growing heartier crops and reducing the need to migrate. And that creates more peaceful communities.
At the same time, MCC advocates to the government in Canada for policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and that provide more support for communities like Lidia’s.
To read more stories about MCC and our partners responding to climate change injustice and to take positive action, visit www.ClimateActionForPeace.com.
In August 2021, the Taliban took control of Afghanistan. Because of Canadian laws, organizations like MCC faced severe restrictions to providing relief. Some organizations couldn’t operate at all. MCC joined a coalition of relief agencies to lobby the government to amend these rules. Nearly 10,000 Canadians, including MCC supporters, sent letters in support of Bill C-41, which officially became law on June 20, 2023.
In this photo, the MCC Canada board of directors show their support. (MCC photo/Anna Vogt)
You’re ensuring quality education is accessible to every student.
"When I shared my exam results with my parents…they were very happy, thanking God for this achievement." - Pratho Halder, Recipient of tuition money for nursing education
children and youth participated in K-12 education supported by MCC
children and youth received education supplies, including MCC school kits and locally purchased items
of students across 25 schools saw significant improvements in English literacy from a project in Kolkata, India
of graduates from a vocational training program in Gaza successfully found jobs immediately after graduating
Featured education story
Opi Sarker always knew she wanted to help people. By the time she finished high school, she had set her sights on becoming a nurse.
“I love to serve people, and nursing as a profession seemed like a way I could serve people in my job,” says Opi, who is pictured above right, with classmates Bonnya Sarker (middle) and Pinky Das (left).
Her father is a fisherman, while her mother stays at home caring for Opi’s older sister, who lives with an intellectual disability. So, when Opi was accepted into the nursing program at a highly reputed school 400 kilometres away, she was thrilled. But on the heels of that excitement came the dread of wondering of how she was going to pay for this chance to follow her dream.
And that’s where you stepped in. Your generosity is helping students like Opi get the education they deserve.
Through an MCC partner in Bangladesh, Opi, and other students like her, receive just over $200 per year toward their education. While it may not sound like a lot of money, it’s an amount that she says makes a significant difference. “For people from families like mine, the amount that we’re getting from MCC — that’s a big support for us: it’s really helpful,” says Opi.
It is estimated that less than a third of women aged 15 and older in Afghanistan are literate. In this episode of Relief, Development and Podcast, you’ll hear from an MCC partner in Afghanistan teaching women to read while
navigating the governing rule of the Taliban. "If you want to educate that generation, you have to educate a woman because, especially in Afghanistan, women are all the time with their children," says the director of MCC’s local partner.
Your generosity allows children to learn better at school.
"May God bless the people who gave us these books." - Mary Aniong Achien, 16, recipient of school kits in Rumbek, South Sudan
The numbers below show the amount of material resources shipped last year with your support.
Canned meat (lbs).
Infant care kits
Your support brings relief in times of crisis.
Featured material resources story
Students at Rumbek Comboni Primary School in South Sudan, have limited access to basic school supplies. Even if they were able to find all the items in a school kit at the local market, it could easily cost more than an entire month’s wages — around 5,000 South Sudanese pounds. Those same items can be purchased in Canada for $8.50.
Mary Aniong Achien, 16 and pictured second from left above, is in her final year of primary school and wants to be a doctor when she graduates. She says school kits have made a huge difference for her as a student. “How do you take notes without notebooks? I did not understand well in class before I had them, but now I can take notes in all my classes,” says Mary. “And the bag makes everything easy to carry.”
She also noted that she’s very aware of how difficult it would be for her parents to buy her supplies like these. “With the school kit, my parents can buy food instead of books,” she says.
Reducing waste and providing connection.
“At thrift, we receive things that someone does not want or that have been deemed no longer useful to the owner, and we gratefully see the potential for new life and purpose.” - Margaret Smart, Walking With People in Poverty program coordinator
donated by MCC Thrift shops in Canada and the U.S. to support the work of MCC in the 2022/2023 fiscal year.
people signed up for the Thrifty 50 Challenge, taking small and practical steps to reduce waste and care for our planet.
Featured thrift story
Ann J.* (pictured above) was recovering from a lengthy health care journey with two children at home and no one to help co-parent them — she was feeling depressed. But when she heard about Reclaiming Beauty, a joint program between MCC Thrift and Walking with People in Poverty in Ontario, she saw a chance to reclaim some parts of her own life.
Across Canada and the U.S., MCC Thrift shops reduce waste by giving used items new life, and they also provide space for community connections. The women taking part in Reclaiming Beauty are empowered to upcycle donated thrift items into cherished treasures. Through the process of re-creation,
participants reflect on their own journey and goals. “I needed to do something gratifying and beautiful that I enjoy, that I could sit and see and spend time with,” says Ann.
*Last name withheld for privacy
Global Service Learning program highlights
You are helping young adults put their faith into action.
“Whoever thought up these [GSL] programs was thinking with the heart of God!” - José David Dávila, a participant in MCC's SEED program in Guatemala
Featured GSL story
José David Dávila (pictured above) remembers the name Mennonite Central Committee from the cans of meat his family received when he was a young boy living in Managua, Nicaragua. So, when he grew up and was seeking direction for his life, he turned to MCC, knowing MCC’s commitment to peace through all its programs.
In 2016, he served for a year with MCC’s Young Anabaptist Mennonite Exchange Network (YAMEN) in El Salvador. That experience gave José David a desire for more active service: in 2021, after a few years of school, he started his term with MCC’s Seed program in Colombia, then finished his second year in Guatemala.
He says both programs gave him opportunities to see his ideas of faith translated to action, helping real people in the real world. “If you want to serve God, you need to get out of your comfort zone. These programs are very transformative because you’re exposed to situations that cause you to unlearn and learn, [to discover] the many forms of God’s grace that are moving in the whole world.”
Where we work
|45 countries||393 partners||508 projects|
*includes MCC Thrift staff
|United States |
201 MCC workers
|Latin America & the Caribbean |
88 MCC workers
|Europe & the Middle East |
59 MCC workers
145 MCC workers
123 MCC workers
The financial information on this page presents the combined operations in
Canadian dollars of the MCCs in Canada and the U.S. for the year ended March 31, 2023. More detailed financial and program reporting, as well as complete audited financial statements are available at mcc.org/about/reports.
Total expenses: $134,445,000
|Direct program expenses|
Total revenue: $391,074,000*
* A gift of capital property of $229.6 million to MCC B.C., managed by HyLand Properties, is excluded from the above graph to make financials comparable year-overyear. Read more about HyLand and this legacy gift.
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