MCC and Manitoba Council for International Co-operation present an evening with Rebecca Burkholder and Blaine Derstine, Area Directors for Central Southern and Northeast Asia.
Breaking down walls; working across divides - peacebuilding undergirds all of MCC’s work, but what does that look like in real-life situations? In war torn countries such as Afghanistan and North Korea, MCC partners with communities to end hunger, provide education, access clean water, and empower families to ensure their own livelihoods.
The past 40 years of conflict in Afghanistan has taken its toll and women especially are traumatized by the external violence of war and the culture of gender inequity. MCC is working with partners in Afghanistan and across Asia to bring a glimmer of hope to those affected.
Rebecca Burkholder and Blaine Derstine are co-Area Directors for Central Southern and Northeast Asia for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). They support MCC Reps in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, China and North and South Korea. Previously they worked for MCC in Bangladesh and are currently based in MCC's Asia Regional Office in Chiang Mai, Thailand. They have two young adult children, and before moving to Thailand in 2016 lived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Rebecca grew up in Goshen, Indiana, attended Goshen College and holds a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. She has worked in health policy, law and advocacy in Washington, DC.
Blaine grew up in Harleysville, Pennsylvania and holds a masters degree in international economics from Catholic University. Within the USA Blaine worked at Ten Thousand Villages as a merchandise manager and analyst, and as an economist with the US Department of Labor.