Every year, coins donated to MCC through our My Coins Count fundraiser are used to fund food and agriculture projects, impacting thousands of people across the world.

My Coins Count (formerly Penny Power) has been running in BC since 1999. Each year, MCC BC selects a project to receive the funds collected through the program. Through a partnership with Canadian Foodgrains Bank, these funds are matched by the Government of Canada – anywhere from two to ten times the amount, depending on the project.

This year’s featured project is in partnership with Migbare Senay Children and Family Support Organization (MSCFSO) in Ethiopia. MSCFSO is an experienced local humanitarian organization focused on helping vulnerable populations through essential socioeconomic develop activities. Through this project, MSCFSO is addressing food security and land degradation of farmlands and grazing land in the Wotebet and Berbenze watershed. Through a cash-for-work program during seasonal food-scarce months, food insecure families will receive income while rehabilitating watershed and improving soil fertility of farmlands.

Walle Tefera (19), Aman Besenbet (18), Demeke Enyew (20), Yayah Belay (19), Adan Habtamu (19) dig a trench for a drainage canal as part of the cash for work program in the Shegaza watershed, Ethiopia.MCC photo/Matthew Sawatzky

Make sure you pick up your My Coins Count Box at the MCC BC Office or a local event throughout the year to collect your coins! Specifically geared towards children, the My Coins Count Box invites kids on a journey around the world to learn about the projects and the people their coins might help to support.

Depicting children from selected sustainable agriculture and food security projects in Sudan, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Ethiopia, this “colouring box” is a great opportunity to teach your kids about the importance of helping others and giving to those in need, while also giving them something fun to colour and work towards filling. 

The boxes will be distributed at local churches and events throughout the year, as well as the MCC Festival for World Relief in September. The festival is also where they will be collected again the next year. If you fill up your box to the brim, it can hold around $400 (based on the weight of the average pound of mixed coins)!  

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