Tuesday, September 20, 2022 - 7:00pm

On February 24, Russian military forces began an invasion of Ukraine. Shelling, airstrikes and other active hostilities are targeting cities across the country. Approximately six million people have limited, or no safe access to water and food, safety and access to fuel for transportation are a major concern, and more than one-quarter of the Ukrainian population have been forcibly displaced.

MCC supporters have responded to this conflict with great generosity. During this virtual visit, MCC staff on the ground in Ukraine and in North America will report on MCC's current response and share anticipated plans for the future.

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This virtual visit's participants include Rebecca Burkholder, Blaine Derstine, and other staff members currently on the ground in Ukraine. 

Rebecca Burkholder and Blaine Derstine were co-Area Directors for Central Southern and Northeast Asia for Mennonite Central Committee. In that role, they supported MCC Reps in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, India, Nepal, and North and South Korea.  Blaine is now supporting MCC Ukraine staff as Leadership Support and Rebecca has joined MCC U.S. as the International Program director. Rebecca grew up in Goshen, Indiana and holds a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Blaine grew up in Harleysville, Pennsylvania and holds a master’s degree in international economics from Catholic University. Rebecca and Blaine are based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.