Updated July 3, 2012

More than 1,000 families in Durango State, Mexico, are now receiving food and blankets, as part of Mennonite Central Committee's response to widespread drought.

Packets containing beans, rice, oil, corn, lentils, noodles and sugar will be distributed to families in the villages and hills in the Nuevo Ideal area. Families will also receive canned meat and MCC blankets.

This assistance is in addition to projects already underway for residents of the Low German-speaking Durango Colony.  It was established 130 kilometres northwest of the city of Durango in 1924 by Old Colony Mennonites coming from Canada.

About 250 households in Durango Colony are receiving food packages. Sixty-four families are receiving cattle feed to help maintain their herds. In addition, 47 families will be provided with seeds so they can plant a crop.

Parts of Mexico face what some are calling the worst drought in 70 years. Crop yields last year were below normal and many farmers in the colony have already sold their cattle to generate income. Farmers that still have livestock must pay high prices for feed.

MCC is working with Servicios Integrales Menonitas, on the distribution in both Durango Colony and Durango State.  Servicios Integrales Menonitas is MCC’s agency for the Low German Program in Mexico. The projects will cost $105,000.

 Donations are welcome. Cheques should be made out to Mennonite Central Committee and designated Mexico Drought. They can be mailed to your nearest MCC office. Contributions can also be made by calling your nearest MCC office in Canada at 1-888-622-6337.

MCC Canada News Service