El Alto, Bolivia

Service work inspires law career

When Elysha Roeper decided to participate in MCC’s Seed program, she didn’t think her placement would inspire a career change.

Roeper, 24, from Belleville, Ontario had just graduated from Queens University with a bachelor’s degree in development and human geography. She didn’t have any work experience in the field and knew she’d probably need to learn a second language to get a job, so Roeper decided to apply to Seed.

MCC’s two-year-long program brings together a cohort of young adults ages 20–30 from around the world to learn, serve and reflect.

Altona farmers donate 40 acres to Grow Hope campaign

H & M Farms is the newest farm to become part of MCC’s Grow Hope campaign this summer.

The family-run business in Altona, Manitoba grows various crops, including corn, beans, wheat and oats and is dedicating 40 acres of the 27,000 they farm to the MCC campaign which supports food projects around the world.

Kyle Friesen heard about Grow Hope through Grant and Colleen Dyck, who launched the project with MCC in 2015 as the first Grow Hope farmers.

After three years of helping the Dycks harvest, Friesen decided it was time to participate in Grow Hope himself.

Haiti

Coming home to Kabay

How MCC programs helped bring life to communities once considered hopeless

Remis Pierre, 23, lives in the house he grew up in in the farming community of Kabay. It’s only eight o’clock in the morning when we visit, but the sound of a soccer game can already be heard from a radio inside the house: the World Cup has just started. Pierre supports Brazil, as do both my MCC colleague and my motorcycle taxi driver, who are also sitting with us. The two countries have a long history together.

Securing the future through conservation agriculture in Kenya

Agriculture in arid and semi-arid lands of Machakos, Makueni and Kajiado counties in Kenya depends on rainfall. Keeping crops properly watered has always been a challenge in these regions, and recently has been intensified by climate change.

The project uses three main principles: minimal soil disturbance, soil cover, and crop rotation. Conservation agriculture reverses soil degradation, builds up soil fertility and reduces soil erosion and leaching.

Disaster Response & Ag Monitoring/Evaluation Coordinator - Haiti: November 5, 2018

The Disaster Response & Agriculture Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator will coordinate MCC Haiti’s long-term response to Hurricane Matthew. This role will include supporting on-going disaster response projects implemented by MCC and its partners.

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Stories from Congo

Children who ran away from violence in their villages in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) tell heartbreaking stories, like this one: 

All the family of Kapinga Ntumba, 12, were killed or died.MCC photo/Mulanda Juma

“My name is Kapinga Ntumba. (She is a 12-year-old girl). I am from Kamonya village in Kasai Province. I am displaced since April 2017. I am alone.

Stories from Southeast Asia: an afternoon in Morden

Join us at Morden Activity Centre on May 1st to hear Arthur and Phyllis Mann, area directors for Southeast Asia, share stories about MCC's work in Southeast Asia.  We will hear about MCC's work in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam. There will be stories about peace, education, agriculture, and singing accompanied by Paraguayan harp player Paul Dueck!  The presentation will be followed by time for questions, conversation, and food.

Learning tour inspires generosity

The Crystal Spring Hutterite Colony seems to live according to the adage, “one good deed deserves another.”

The colony of about 180 people near Ste. Agathe, Manitoba collectively donated 50 acres of land to MCC’s Grow Hope campaign last year. This year they’re donating even more after two members visited Ethiopia where MCC partners are addressing food security needs.