Relief impact report - Winter 2024

An update on MCC relief projects

A man from Cuba holds two relief kits on a sidewalk.

Cuba Ukraine — Jan 2024

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Raising the roof in hurricane - ravaged Cuba


A headshot of Maria Dolores Perez Paez of Cuba in the foreground.
Because of generous people like you, María Dolores Pérez Páez and her husband received an MCC relief kit and roofing materials after Hurricane Ian decimated their community in Cuba. (MCC photo/Annalee Giesbrecht)

How your support brought comfort and shelter after a storm

In September 2022, Hurricane Ian decimated the western side of Cuba. As a Category 3 storm, it battered the Pinar Del Rio province with 200 kilometre per hour winds and caused widespread destruction.

María Dolores Pérez Páez and her husband Gregorio remember that it felt like the wind came from every direction, all at once. And when the storm passed, their house was destroyed. The roof was gone, and only a few walls were left standing.

MCC partner, Centro Cristiano de Reflexión y Diálogo, responded immediately with hygiene and sanitation initiatives to meet basic needs for families like María's. A few months later, with the generous support of MCC donors like you, the organization pivoted to address the damage caused by the hurricane — by ensuring safe shelter for 50 families by repairing their badly damaged roofs. 

We received everything [in the relief package] and I still have it — the towels, the shampoo…I have some soap but I’m using it as little as possible so it lasts. So I thank the people who sent me this, I recognize the effort it took to send it.

María Dolores Pérez Páez

Pinar del Rio, Cuba

Your kindness is warming hearts and homes across Ukraine


A displaced family from Ukraine stands in front of firewood given to them by donors.
You brought light and warmth this past winter to homes across Ukraine — including the home of this internally-displaced family through your gift of firewood. 
(Photo courtesy of Agape Ukraine)

With relentless shelling during the war, specifically on Ukrainian energy infrastructure, navigating a cold and brutal winter was made a bit easier through the generosity of MCC donors like you. With local partner Agape Ukraine, 40 families — 149 people total — were given relief from the bitter cold by receiving firewood for cooking and heating all winter long. Agape Ukraine focused their support on families that have a loved one living with them who is living with a disability.

A legacy of generosity


A man and woman smiling taking a selfie style photo
Jonathan and Liana Toews are leaving a legacy of generosity with a gift to MCC in their will. (Photo courtesy of Jonathan and Liana Toews)

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