General impact report - Winter 2024
An update on MCC projects around the world
Education for every girl. Period.
You're helping young women in South Sudan stay in school, one pad at a time.
In countries like South Sudan, a girl's period is one of the most significant barriers she will face in continuing her education. One-time use pads from stores are prohibitively expensive, and without access to the basic tools to manage their periods with dignity, girls will skip school or even drop out altogether.
With the generous support of donors like you, 1,778 dignity kits have already been assembled and distributed in 2023 to young women across many of the 128 schools in the Rumbek Diocese, the area in which our partner Loreto Rumbek operates. These kits include items like a bucket for storage or washing, hygiene items like soap and a comb, and reusable menstrual pads.
You're investing in South Sudan's next generation
In South Sudan, there are 2.8 million school-aged children who are not attending school. Access to quality education is a key driver of future economic development, health and the overall well-being of a country. Through our ongoing partnership with Loreto Rumbek, we continue to send material resources — like dignity kits and school kits — and expand food projects to eliminate key barriers to education for children. These initiatives keep them in school so they can head toward a brighter future for themselves and their communities.
School supplies for learners
Protein-rich food for students
Infant care kits for children
Partner spotlight: Loreto Rumbek
Founded in 2008, Loreto Rumbek is an all-girls secondary school, mixed-gender primary school and Kindergarten and primary health centre in South Sudan. A longstanding partner of MCC in the region, the team at Loreto Rumbek has been critical in distributing your compassionate support to children across 128 schools. With their team's steadfast partnership, food, dignity kits, hygiene kits, school kits and immunizations have been delivered for years to children and families living in areas that have been entrenched in poverty and isolated by conflict.
Food security in northern Iraq: a mid-project progress report
Since the ISIS conflict of 2014, food security has been an ongoing challenge for people in northern Iraq. In response, MCC has been working in partnership with local partner Zakho Small Villages Project to rebuild people's capacity to produce enough food for their families to eat, and to sell at the market as a source of income.
Recently, the focus of the project has shifted toward those who do not have arable land to farm. These 94 community members are being supported with livestock — six sheep — that they can raise on communal grazing lands. With training courses and starter feed packages provided, the goal of the project is for the shepherds to have milk and meat for home, as well as products to sell at markets.
One of the original goals of this phase of the project was to yield $100 USD in monthly income from livestock per household. Participants have already surpassed this goal, yielding an average of $151 USD a month in revenue from these activities.
The reach of your collective generosity
In the past fiscal year, the generosity of MCC donors powered compassionate support in 45 countries around the world. Here's a snapshot of the different ways you have supported people facing crisis...
208,149 people received emergency food
1, 552 households received home repairs or reconstruction support
62,000 people in Ukraine received humanitarian support
4,003 people received financial support or rent assistance
Together, with donors from across Canada, you are caring for people facing incredible hardship and loss.
A legacy of generosity
Jonathan and Liana Toews, from Altona, Man., have supported the work of MCC for many years. Recently, they decided to leave MCC a legacy gift in their will on top of their already generous active support.
Learn more about how you can leave MCC a gift in your will here.
We hope that the wealth we have accumulated can contribute to a better world in some way, to be part of something bigger than us because life itself is a gift. We know that this decision looks different for everyone, but for us, we are happy to leave a gift for MCC in our will.
Jonathan and Liana Toews