In these extraordinary times, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) continues its worldwide work of relief, development and peace in the name of Christ.
MCC is well-positioned to address the threats of COVID-19 for some of the world’s most vulnerable people. By focusing on these four areas below, MCC can reduce the impacts of COVID-19:
Within the temporary shelters and close quarters of the Mubimbi and Poste displaced persons camps in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), disease and infection are spreading quickly. MCC partners with Church of Christ in Congo to provide healthcare in a clinic there, treating hundreds of people within the camp.
Water and hygiene
MCC supports water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programs, in countries like Haiti and Chad, which drastically reduces the spread of diseases. For example in 2017, Cholera was eliminated from two communities after MCC began public hygiene training, providing water purification equipment and building latrines.
In times of limited food options around the world, MCC provides emergency food and helps farmers grow food to feed their families. For example, in rural Cambodia, MCC invests in farmer-led co-operatives, which bolster families’ ability to feed themselves and sell their surplus to pay for things like medical care.
The constant stream of news updates about the spread of COVID-19 has caused fear and anxiety for many. MCC’s peacebuilding tackles the difficult work of creating peaceful dialogue in areas of tension and conflict while also educating people about how to prevent the spread of the virus.
With your support, MCC can continue to care for our neighbours during this time of crisis, whether across the street or around the globe. Thank you for your support.