To help end poverty and create a more equal world, the United Nations has identified 17 Sustainable Development Goals it hopes to achieve before 2030. Many MCC programs work towards the same goals. 

1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere 

While MCC got its start providing emergency relief, many programs today work to end poverty and help eliminate the causes. For example, savings groups in Rwanda allow people like Esperance Nyiramajyambere to collect small amounts of money every week, earn interest and take out low-cost loans. Many people save enough to start small businesses which can support their family. Learn more about savings groups.

MCC photo/James Souder

Other MCC programs support vocational training, like sewing training in Nepal for students like Sima Yadav, which means young people can earn a living and stay close to home. 

MCC photo/Colin Vandenberg

2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

At MCC, we work to end hunger both today and in the future. We provide emergency food to people displaced by disasters or conflicts. For example, in Iraq we provide monthly food to 750 families displaced by the conflict. 

ZSVP photo/Dr. Abid Hassan 

In places like Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) we help improve nutrition. Many people there don’t eat enough protein so we provide soybeans used to make nutritious food like soy milk or tofu. 

First Steps photo/Rachelyn Ritchie 

3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Improving health is an important part of MCC’s work. In Afghanistan, we are managing a $10-million grant from the Canadian government to improve maternal and child health, which includes appetite testing for children like 1 1/2-year-old Samina (not her real name). 

Photo courtesy of Medair

In Vietnam, we support a day care center for people with disabilities resulting from exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. Children like Nguyên Trươñg Ngoc Hân, with care worker Ngô Thi Hôñg Ly, can get the support they need to live a healthier life while their parents are at work. Learn more about our work with people affected by Agent Orange.

MCC photo/Matthew Sawatzky

4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all 

We work to make sure all children can access the education they deserve. In Serbia, for example, MCC supports a Roma education project where teachers like Željka Todorović provide extra support for Roma students like Skender Adići who often don’t know the Serbian language or whose parents don’t have education to help with assignments. Learn more about the Roma education project.

MCC photo/Matthew Lester

And in Mexico, where public schools don’t provide special education for students who need more support, we partner with Aulas de Desarollo y Esperanza, a school dedicated to helping students with disabilities like Rosario Soria Mendez (left) and Carmen Galan Gómez. Read more about Aulas de Desarollo y Esperanza’s approach to education.

MCC photo/Nina Linton

5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

MCC wants to help level the playing field between women and men. In Afghanistan, for example, we support a literacy program for women like Masooma Hashimi (left) and Masooma Hussain, who wouldn't be able to attend school either because of the cost or because mixed-gender classrooms are a problem for more conservative families. Learn more about MCC’s education work in Afghanistan.

MCC photo/Emily Loewen

We also support programs that help women increase their income. In Panabaj, Guatemala, where many women support themselves and their families by selling traditional Tz’utujil crafts, we partner with a group for women to share ideas and learn from each other. Learn more about our work with ANADESA.

MCC photo/Matthew Lester

6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

We work to make sure people can access enough water and have the tools and knowledge to keep it clean. In Haiti, for example, where cholera and other water-borne diseases are a constant threat, we provided supplies, like cement, for the community of Wopisa-Gabriyèl to build their own latrines. Learn more about the difference latrines make in this community.

MCC photo/Ted Oswald

In Mozambique, we help replace open wells with drilled capped wells with pumps to provide clean water that people like Marinha Mariano can use for drinking, washing dishes or bathing. Read more about our work with water in Mozambique. 

MCC photo/Matthew Sawatzky

8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Around the world, we’re proud to support programs that help people earn a living and find meaningful employment. In Bangladesh, we provide funding for students like Nirma Mankhin to attend training programs such as nurses’ college when they wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford it. 

MCC photo/Colin Vandenberg

And in Rwanda, we support vocational training for disadvantaged students in professions like hairdressing, mechanics, sewing, cooking and construction. After a year of study, students like Jean Paul Ntakirutimana (front) and Emmanuel Ntakirutimana, will go on to complete an internship in their field. 

MCC photo/James Souder

13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

As the climate continues to warm, disasters and drought become more common and increasingly severe. We strive to help communities adapt to the changes, and to do our best to prevent future damage.

For example, in Burkina Faso, we support training on conservation agriculture techniques like half-moon farming. The new skills help farmers like Etienne Tiendrébeogo capture rainwater during storms, control erosion, improve soil fertility and increase water retention in the soil. Learn more about how conservation agriculture works.

MCC photo/James Souder

In Canada and the U.S., some offices use recycled rainwater or plant rooftop gardens to reduce their environmental impact. One thrift shop installed 180 solar panels, which will supply 50 percent of energy for the shop. Learn more about how MCC is caring for the environment in Canada and the U.S.

Photo courtesy of Sam Stoner

16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

As an Anabaptist organization, we strive to make promoting peace a part of all we do. In Honduras, where gang violence has forced many people to flee the area of Chamelecón where José Fernández is pastor of a Mennonite church, MCC supports the peace project that teaches students about conflict prevention and alternatives to violence. Learn more about the peace and justice project in Honduras.

MCC photo/Nina Linton

Peace clubs started as an MCC-supported program in three schools in Zambia, helping students learn about conflict resolution. Now there are peace clubs in more than 650 schools in 14 African countries, including Mukuru Mennonite Academy in Nairobi, Kenya (pictured), and the clubs are starting in Canada and the U.S. Learn more about the first peace club starting in Ontario.   

Photo courtesy of KMC – Centre for Peace and Nationhood

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