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Typhoon Haiyan Response

Residents walk on a road littered with debris after Super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines November 10, 2013.

Residents walk on a road littered with debris after Super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines Nov. 10, 2013. Super typhoon Haiyan destroyed about 70 to 80 percent of the area in its path as it tore through Leyte province on Friday, said chief superintendent Elmer Soria, a regional police director. Photo provided by: REUTERS/Erik De Castro


In the weeks following Typhoon Haiyan MCC distributed emergency food and hygiene supplies to approximately 3,750 families through our partner Church World Service. We have also sent more than 40,000 cans of meat.

But our work is just beginning. MCC is well known for working long after media interest has dwindled, helping communities rebuild from devastation. MCC’s staff and partners are now planning the future steps of our response.

This will include a focus on the need for shelter in specific areas on Leyte Island and building capacity among local pastors for disaster preparedness and response and trauma healing.

Latest news:

When MCC's help in the Philippines hits home - February 25, 2014

MCC increases response to urgent needs in Philippines - November 18, 2013

MCC responds to Typhoon Haiyan - November 12, 2013


Church resources:

Typhoon Haiyan video (available for download)

Typhoon Haiyan response poster

Bulletin announcement: 

HELP THE PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES: Mennonite Central Committee has begun its response to Typhoon Haiyan, providing funding for immediate needs and supporting an initial disaster response assessment team from Peacebuilders Community Inc., a ministry of Mennonite Church Canada Witness. All donations from individual Canadians to MCC’s Typhoon response made between Nov.9 and  Dec. 9, are eligible to be matched by the Canadian government. 

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Haiti: three years after the quake

Haiti building project

Since the earthquake in January 2010, MCC Haiti has initiated or completed more than 50 projects, working entirely with Haitian partner organizations. Initially many of these projects focused on providing food, shelter, relief kits and training on trauma recovery. As the rebuilding continues, MCC and its partners are constructing new homes, repairing canals and roads, and providing support for higher education and small business development. In coming years projects will focus on improving building standards, water and sanitation, as well as developing future leaders among Haitian youth.

What can we do?


Please pray for those who continue to feel the trauma caused by the January 12, 2010, earthquake and for all those who are working to rebuild their livlihoods and homes.


Visit web pages for MCC offices in Ottawa or Washington to learn how you can speak out to lawmakers about Haiti.


MCC works in Haiti and 59 other countries. Your gift to "Where needed most" means MCC can continue to respond to basic human needs and work for peace and justice in Haiti and worldwide. Thank you for being part of our mission to share God\'s love and compassion in the name of Christ.


MCC works to eliminate temporary housing in Haiti after 2010 earthquake

Haitians who survived the 2010 earthquake and other traumas find that recognizing the personal impact has healing effect.

Housing repairs and latrine projects in Haiti

Rebuilding houses and latrines in Haiti continues after the January 2010 earthquake.

MCC partner offers education, business opportunities to revitalize Haiti

MCC’s masonry training teaches Haitian masons how to construct buildings that are stronger and more disaster-resistant.

Thank you

More than $16 million has been dedicated to MCC’s earthquake response in Haiti. This includes contributions from donors and funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). In addition, MCC has distributed school kits,health kits, blankets and other material resources valued at approximately $3 million. Here are some of the projects your donations have made possible.

  • More than 31,500 relief kits, 29,500 blankets, 14,800 school kits and 6,600 tarps distributed
  • 680 buildings, including schools, homes, orphanages and businesses inspected by structural engineers
  • About 400 new homes built and more than 300 repaired
  • About 400 people trained to work in construction
  • More than 500 latrines built or under construction
  • Promotion of locally produced nutritious food through tv and radio ads, workshops and fairs
  • 150,000 trees already planted and 200,000 more planned for the next year
  • More than 700 attendees at trauma healing workshops and 168 youth trained in conflict resolution and human rights
  • 15 Human Rights Commissions established
  • More than 1000 families received cash grants and 530 people benefitted from seasonal employment
  • Literacy classes to be held for 75 adults; 250 students enrolled in vocational training and 12 sponsored students in universities


So far, almost $10 million has been committed to projects, with the remainder to be allocated over the next two years.

(Updated January 2013)

Your gifts and contributions at work

We are grateful for your gifts and prayers as we provide food and related assistance to people in need. MCC seeks to demonstrate God’s love and compassion for the world. It is with the continued support of people like you that this is possible.

Haiti: three years after the quake



Pakistan flood responses




Japan earthquake and tsunami responses




Sudan responses




East Africa responses




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Pakistan flooding report

Karim Fazal photo

Karim Fazal and others affected by Pakistan’s 2010 floods face the difficult task of rebuilding their lives. Photo courtesy Christian Reformed World Relief Committee

Updated April 12, 2012

Family grateful for assistance in Pakistan

Severe flooding in Pakistan in 2010 washed away Karim Fazal’s mud brick house, destroyed his possessions and damaged the farms where he worked as a day labourer. Fazal and his family of seven children and an extended family of 28 people are grateful for the support they received through an MCC-supported project in his community.

Through this project his family received food, temporary shelter, blankets and other emergency assistance. He is now working as a mason and has steady work rebuilding damaged homes. He also serves on a committee that is responsible for a new MCC-supported water system in his community.

This project is also helping other people in his community. Economic recovery is taking place through providing farmers with seeds, tools, fertilizer and livestock. More jobs are being created through cash-for-work projects, such as rebuilding canals, roads and homes. A newly established mobile medical clinic provides trauma counseling and medical care.

“When I was there Karim looked me in the eye—being my height—and said ‘Shookria’, which means thank you,” said Wayne De Jong, a director for Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, a MCC partner organization. “What a privilege it is to show God’s love and bring a glimmer of hope to devastated families.”

MCC-supported response

(Updated April 12, 2012)

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province and Southern Punjab

$350,000 from MCC's Canadian Foodgrains Bank account to provide:

  • 4,500 tonnes of emergency food assistance for 13,500 households.
  • Emergency non-food assistance for 8,000 households - tents, hygiene kits, mosquito nets, cooking stoves and kitchen kits.
  • Winter non-food assistance for 4,000 households - mattresses, MCC blankets, outerwear and heating fuel.
  • Improved access to water and health in eight communities - seven water purification systems and two permanent and one mobile health clinic.
  • Permanent houses for 300 households. (To be completed in June 2012).


Kohistan Province

$151,000 to:  

  • Restore and chlorinate 32 water supply systems for 4,700 households.
  • Rehabilitate 300 latrines and hand-washing points for 800 households.
  • Distribute kits of soap, buckets and kitchen supplies for 4,500 households.
  • Establish committees to maintain water and hygiene systems.


Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province (Shangla District)

$727,480 to:

  • Restock livestock and provide training activities in dairy farming, breeding and livestock handlings to improve income for 414 households. 


Sindh Province

$196,800 to provide:

  • Winterized tents, plastic sheets and blankets for 687 households.

Thank for supporting MCC's response in Pakistan

Donations and other contributions
Total amount: $1,551,322

Material Resources

MCC shipped 15,260 blankets and 2,083 relief kits.

Photos and videos

View photos and videos courtesy of Church World Service—one of MCC’s partners in Pakistan. 

Partner organizations

MCC is working with the following local partner and church-based organizations: 

Japan earthquake report

Updated April 3, 2012

MCC-supported project enables factory to re-open

The Tokuji Takahashi Shoten factory in Ishinomaki, a city severely damaged by the tsunami that swept over cities and farmland following the powerful earthquake on March 11, 2011, is once again a bustling factory making and selling popular seafood products.

During the tsunami the factory’s eight machines had been damaged by mud and debris carried by the waves. The factory did not have the resources to clean or replace the machines. As a result, the factory closed and 74 employees lost their jobs. The factory was still closed in August, 2011, when Peace Boat, a Japanese based organization supported by MCC through Church World Services, met with the company’s president, Mr. Takahashi, and 20 of his former employees.

Reports provided by Peace Boat state there were fears that the factory would never reopen. During the next six weeks, Peace Boat sent five volunteers a day to clean the machines. This was a difficult task because the machines are large and difficult to clean. After six weeks, the first machine was clean and the factory re-opened.

“At the re-opening ceremony, Mr. Takahashi kept saying that the re-opening of the factory was 'a miracle' and 'unbelievable',” states the Peace Boat report. “He had tears in his eyes as he thanked the volunteers for their hard work, and for giving hope back to the factory's employees and their families.”

MCC-supported projects

(Updated April 3, 2012)

Church World Service

$700,000 to support the work of its local partner, Peace Boat, in providing:  

  • Over 110,000 hot meals for survivors in Ishinomaki city.
  • Transportation and equipment for 8,200 volunteers who assisted in the clearing of mud from 1,045 houses, shops, public spaces, and fishing equipment to help restart livelihood activities (totaling over 41,000 volunteer days).

Japan Mennonite Fellowship

$10,000 to support this agency in providing:   

  • Food assistance to 163 families living in temporary housing in Kesennuma city. Each family was provided with a 5kg bag of rice and a variety of vegetables (sweet potatoes, radishes, onions, cabbage and potatoes)
  • Seven volunteers to assist in cleanup activities, including the clearing of mud and rubble, disentangling of fishing nets and distributing food.

Trauma healing program

Exploring the possibility of a trauma healing program for survivors of the tsunami/earthquake. Such a program would address the ongoing struggle for those experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, particularly infants and the elderly, who are most vulnerable to the condition.

Thank you for supporting MCC's response in Japan

Donations and other contributions
Total amount: $1,071,317

Partner organizations

MCC is working through the following partner and church-based organizations:

  • Church World Service: Part of a coaltion of 29 Japanese non-governmental organizations, a few international NGOs and three government ministries.
  • Mennonite World Conference: A community of Anabaptist-related churches.
  • Japan Mennonite Fellowship: Representing the 71 Mennonite, Mennonite Brethren and Brethren in Christ congregations in Japan.

Related resources

Japan news releaseMCC support aids clean up, trauma healing (06-10-2011)

Church World Service - April 2012 Newsletter

A prayer for the people of Japan

Canadian government contributions

Matching Funds

Through the East Africa Drought Relief Fund, the Government of Canada will complement the generosity of Canadians donating to organizations, such as MCC.

For every dollar individual Canadians contribute to registered Canadian charities responding to the East Africa drought, from July 6 until September 16, 2011, the Government of Canada will set aside one dollar for the Fund.

CIDA will allocate these funds to established Canadian and international humanitarian organizations to ensure an effective and timely response.

MCC is part of the Canadian Churches in Action which has applied for funds from CIDA.


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