Relief, Development and Podcast is a podcast from MCC. Every episode features a story from the field and a conversation with a special guest, we want to highlight the people and programs making an impact all around the world. Together we’ll hear stories about relief, development and peace, and how your support for MCC helps to meet basic human needs and work for peace and justice.
Season 3, episode 8: Pressure on top of pressure in Haiti / Conversation with Rony and Naomi, MCC staff in Haiti (May 19, 2022)
In this episode, we talk with Rony Janvier, MCC Haiti rep, and Naomi Docilait, program director, about the current unpredictability in Haiti. Gang violence, natural disasters and climate change are all factors making life difficult for a vulnerable population.
Season 3, episode 7: "No road is safe": Asiyah and Desalegn on the civil war in Ethiopia (April 21, 2022)
While it has barely made the news, the northern part of Ethiopia has entered its 17th month of civil war. In this episode we hear from two Ethiopians––Asiyah Mohammed, a pastoralist, who fled the Afar region after a shell landed near her home and Desalegn Abebe Ejo, a pastor from Addis Ababa who recently travelled to the conflict zones to supply emergency aid.
Season 3, episode 6: "I understood that we are refugees now" / Anna from Ukraine (March 28, 2022)
For years Anna (full name not used for security reasons), an MCC staff person, supported people who were displaced from the fighting in eastern Ukraine. Now she is one of those people and, in this bonus episode, she shares a bit of what it was like to quickly pack up and leave her home behind.
Season 3, episode 5: The state of refugee sponsorship / Interview with Kaylee Perez (March 17, 2022)
In this episode, we're talking about refugee sponsorship with Kaylee Perez, MCC Canada's migration and resettlement associate. She talks about how relationships between people from different cultural backgrounds can be powerfully transformative. She also shares what the work of sponsorship has been like during the pandemic, and how the Canadian government's plans for Ukrainian refugees are a departure from the norm.
Season 3, episode 4: "I couldn't believe it:" An update from Ukraine with partner Maxym Oliferovski (March 1, 2022)
In this bonus episode, we get an update from Maxym Oliferovski, program director for an MCC partner in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine. He and his wife decided to stay to help distribute emergency supplies and help other people evacuate. At the time of recording, they were less than 62 miles from the front lines of the conflict, with things changing hour by hour.
Season 3, episode 3: Leaving Afghanistan / Stories by Sadia and Najia (February 24, 2022)
In this episode of “Relief, Development and Podcast,” we’re bringing you the stories of Sadia and Najia—two people from Afghanistan who left their homes and now live in Canada. Full names were not used for security reasons.
Season 3, episode 2: Migration and Family: A personal story from Lynette Madrigal (February 10, 2022)
In this bonus episode, Lynette tells us her story of growing up with an undocumented parent, and how that experience of having a migrant narrative has shaped her path. Serving alongside migrants today in Guatemala, she finds compassion through listening to people's stories and finds it expands her view of what it means to be a migrant.
Season 3, episode 1: Rethinking migration / Interview with Saulo Padilla (immigration education coordinator) (January 20, 2022)
In this episode, we're thinking critically about the human experience of migration. What causes people to leave their home? Why can some people move freely across borders, while others are criminalized for it? Saulo Padilla, MCC's immigration education coordinator, shares his own experience with family separation and migration and reflects on how this impacts the work he does today.
Season 2, episode 10: Holiday food traditions around the world (December 16, 2021)
For this special Christmas episode, we hear stories from members of the MCC global community about how they fill their bellies and nourish their spirits during this season.
Featuring Connex Kalinde with a story of hot Coca-Cola in Malawi, Gabriella Hernandez on how the nativity scene comes to life at a migrant centre in Mexico City, Rony Janvier with the story of freedom soup in Haiti and Ikhlas Siriani with the story of an Arabic Christmas tradition bringing Palestinian Christians and Muslims together.
Season 2, episode 9: Increasing local food security in India / guest MCC project officer Pabitra Paramanya (November 18, 2021)
In this episode, we look at food insecurity in India and how MCC partners are working alongside rural farmers to increase access to food for their families. We talk to MCC project officer Pabitra Paramanya about this work, and how partners help farmers try new methods and increase their yields. We also hear a story from Manki Kashyap, a participant whose family gained food security as a result of these projects.
Season 2, episode 8: Disaster response to Haiti earthquake 2021 / Guests MCC staff Paul Shetler Fast and Muriel Chaperon (September 20, 2021)
In this episode we look at the recent earthquake in Haiti, hearing about the vast and diverse needs in the affected communities.
We talk to global health coordinator Paul Shetler Fast about the first distribution of relief and look at what a long term response might look like. We also talk to MCC staff Muriel Chaporon about the importance of getting relief to women as well as responding to the trauma that people have experienced.
Season 2, episode 7: Peace and development in Colombia / guest MCC project coordinator Sara Melgarejo (August 19, 2021)
In this episode, we’re talking about the importance of integrating peace and development in Colombia, a place with a long history of armed conflict.
Featuring a story from Dionisio Alarcón about how he uses storytelling to help victims of violence process their trauma. Host Scott interviews Sara Melgarejo, an MCC staff person who has a front row seat to our peacebuilding work in the region.
Season 2, episode 6: Honouring treaties as peacebuilding / guest elder Adrian Jacobs (July 16, 2021)
In this episode, we explore how honouring treaties with Indigenous peoples is connected to peacebuilding. We feature the story of the Two Row Wampum belt and guest Adrian Jacobs, who is Ganosono of the Turtle Clan, Cayuga Nation of the Six Nations Haudenosaunee Confederacy. He joins us to talk about how his people are fighting for the land that is rightfully theirs.
Season 2, episode 5: Relationship building in Palestine and Israel / guests learning tour participants Mike and Linda Shantz (June 17, 2021)
Amal Nassar, a Palestinian woman from Tent of Nations in the West Bank, is committed to peace with neighboring settlements even as they face constant pressure on her family to leave their land.
Mike and Linda Shantz join host Scott Campbell to talk about their experience on an MCC learning tour to Palestine and Israel in 2019 and explore how relationship building is connected to peacebuilding.
Season 2, episode 4: Peace clubs / guest peace coordinator Issa Ebombolo (May 20, 2021)
While in prison in Zambia, Zebron Mwale found his attitude around reconciliation radically transformed after joining a peace club.
Issa Ebombolo joins host Scott Campbell to talk about the creation of peace clubs and bringing them to the Zambian correctional facilities as well as his own personal journey to becoming a peace builder.
Season 2, episode 3: COVID-19 at the border / guest border and migration coordinator Katherine Smith (April 22, 2021)
Season 2, episode 2: Gender and COVID-19/ guest humanitarian response coordinator Annie Loewen (March 18, 2021)
Season 2, episode 1: (Nearly) a year into the COVID-19 pandemic / guest health coordinator Paul Shetler Fast (Feb 22, 2021)
Episode 8: O what a Christmas / guest The Daily Bonnet's Andrew Unger (December 16, 2020)
Christmas is just around the corner and this episode is our gift to you. A reprieve from this year.
Today on the show, an interview with Andrew Unger from the Daily Bonnet. A satirical rundown performed by comedian Jane Testar.
A song about the MCC Christmas Giving guide performed by The WhizBang Shufflers. Plus, a Christmas story from the MCC archives.
Episode 7: Demining in Laos / guest peacebuilder Gopar Tapkida (November 25, 2020)
In this episode of the show, we're talking about peace. MCC alumni Titus Peachey, shares how a shattered garden hoe motivates him and his wife Linda to advocate for Laos villages still being injured and killed by cluster bombs forty years after the Vietnam war.
Gopar Tapkida, MCC rep in Zimbabwe, joins host Scott Campbell to talk about his journey to becoming a peacebuilder.
Plus, we'll hear from Lizette Miranda, MCC Area Director for Central America and Haiti about singing through a disaster.
Episode 6: 100 years of MCC / guest historian Esther Epp-Tiessen (October 28, 2020)
It's MCC's 100th birthday! Listen in for the story of how MCC was formed and the story of Anna Janzen Funk, one of the women who ran MCC's first relief kitchen. Featuring Esther Epp-Thiesen who *literally* wrote the book on the history of MCC Canada.
Episode 5: Loaves and fishes story in Colombia / guest Hutterite Elaine Hofer (September 23, 2020)
This episode takes a deep dive into what community means, featuring a "loaves and fishes" story from an MCC partner in Colombia, an interview with Elaine Hofer, a Hutterite woman, and a story about the "dragon" of Addis Ababa.
Episode 4: A short break and update (August 19, 2020)
Episode 3: Laughing through fear in Syria / guest comedian Matt Falk (July 22, 2020)
On this episode of the show, Rima (full name not used for security reasons), who works for an MCC partner in Syria, shares about how she and her colleagues found joy amidst danger when a bomb fell nearby during a craft workshop.
Comedian Matt Falk joins host Scott Campbell to talk about how comedy can shift culture and be used as a tool for social change.
MCC worker Annalee Giesbrecht ends the episode with the story about a mysterious nightly serenader in Mexico City.
Episode 2: COVID-19 response in DR Congo / guest Cindy Klassen (June 24, 2020)
Mulanda Jimmy Juma shares about how his experience as a displaced person helps inform his work for MCC today in the Democratic Republic of Congo and how our partners there are responding to COVID-19 in camps for displaced people.
Olympian Cindy Klassen joins host Scott Campbell to talk about her Olympic career, her life today and how she views achievement and success.
MCC worker Alex Azar in Jordan ends the episode with the story of how his children filled the streets of Amman with song during quarantine.
Episode 1: Lessons from cholera in Haiti / guest Cate Friesen (May 19, 2020)
MCC staff Annalee Giesbrecht and Paul Fast share the story of how, several years ago, MCC partners contributed to the elimination of cholera cases in two remote communities in Haiti. The two talk about how these lessons can be applied to a COVID-19 response.
Professional storyteller Cate Friesen joins host Scott Campbell to talk about her work, some of the influential people she's met along the way, and how holding a human brain shaped the way she understands storytelling.
MCC worker Wendy Vado in Nicaragua ends the episode with her story of a "magic hammock."