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Life after prison Thrift Stores, Criminal Justice, Prison, Thrifting, Charity, Blues, Money, Life, Silver

Life after prison

The United States currently incarcerates an estimated 2.4 million people, a staggering amount given the total global prison population. While the U.S. has only 5 percent of the world’s population, we have 25 percent of the world’s incarcerated prison population.This disparity has attracted interest in recent years. However, too often another aspect of our criminal justice

During an MCC-supported village workshop in Chitare, Tanzania, Sister Martha Mganga, founder of MCC partner Albino Peacemakers, leads a discussion time. In front with her is Ismaimaili Maila. Dar Es Salaam, Maila, Perception, Albinism, Cancer, Workshop, Money, Tanzania, Atelier

Changing perceptions in Tanzania

In Tanzania, people with albinism are at great risk of violent attack and skin cancer.

Congo: Chased from home but feeding our families Thrift Stores, Republic Of The Congo, Charity, Families, Canada, Money, Households, Silver

Congo: Chased from home but feeding our families

Living in camp away from homeCradled in the valley in the outskirts of Minova, a town in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is a camp for Congolese people who were forced from their homes by violence between armed groups. Mubimbi camp was established in 2008, but conflict in eastern Congo continues today as the armed groups fight each other and the Congolese army. They

Surviving a siege with help of bees Thrift Stores, Bees, Thrifting, Charity, Survival, Money, Wood Bees, Silver

Surviving a siege with help of bees

Last summer, when the Islamic State group invaded the Sinjar Mountain region of Iraq and surrounded this widow's village, she had to help her nine children and her neighbors survive. Thanks to a three-year MCC project to improve access to food in this area, her resources for survival included both food and money. A few months before, MCC's partner Zakho Small Villages Project

Defeating hunger | Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Poverty And Hunger, Compassion, Charity, Money, Plants, Flora, Plant, Planting, Silver

Defeating hunger

In a recent conversation with some friends, we got into an argument about the relationship between extreme poverty and hunger. “There is malnutrition and hunger because of extreme poverty,” argued one friend. Another retorted, “Even if extreme poverty is eradicated, over 800 million people will remain malnourished and hungry.”The argument points out the need to address both

In Nepal: Metal sheeting, safer construction Nepal, Charity, Construction, Money, Building, Silver

In Nepal: Metal sheeting, safer construction

As the monsoon season begins in Nepal, the main priority for people affected by the earthquakes in April and May is shelter.Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and its Nepal partners are addressing shelter needs by providing metal sheeting for roofs. At the same time they are looking at longer-term needs and determining ways to address some of the struggles faced by the people

During an MCC-supported village workshop in Chitare, Tanzania, Sister Martha Mganga, founder of MCC partner Albino Peacemakers, leads a discussion time. In front with her is Ismaimaili Maila. Dar Es Salaam, Maila, Perception, Albinism, Cancer, Workshop, Money, Tanzania, Atelier

Changing perceptions in Tanzania

In Tanzania, people with albinism are at great risk of violent attack and skin cancer.

Lessons from children: humility, love and patience Humility, Compassion, Patience, Charity, Money, Children, Boys, Kids, Big Kids

Lessons from children: humility, love and patience

Volunteer Edmore Sesdza says the children at Isaiah’s Baby Home in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, have taught him the value of being humble, loving and patient. The home, a local MCC partner, cares for abandoned or orphaned babies and children who are referred to them by government social services. They have space for approximately 20 children, most under 5 years old.Edmore Sesedza is

Young People begin Summer of Service with MCC Central States, Young People, Kicks, Money, Summer, Summer Time, Verano, Silver

Young People begin Summer of Service with MCC

Kicking off the 33rd year for the MCC U.S. Summer Service program, eleven young people of color from the Central States region gathered in Denver, Colo. for orientation June 14-18. MCC Central State’s’ Young Adult Program Coordinator, Sharon Nelson, planned an intensive, yet fun orientation for the group.Learning during orientation included a visit to the History Colorado

Speaking the language of peace Speak Language, First Language, Idiomatic Expressions, Thrift Stores, Peace, Money, Room, Silver

Speaking the language of peace

As a bilingual person aspiring to be trilingual, living with a bilingual spouse, I spend a lot of time thinking about language construction and the flawed way we interpret one language into another. Words fail to describe certain feelings; idiomatic expressions refuse to be confined by Google Translate and the sentiment falls apart.Conflict negotiations are often a study in

 An image of the Earth constructed from NASA’s Terra satellite. Image credit: NASA/Goddard Scientists have long known earthquakes can cause the Earth to vibrate for extended periods of time. Les Cowboys Fringants, Google Earth, Flat Earth, Our Solar System, We Are The World, To Infinity And Beyond, Our Planet, Planet Sun, Earth Day

Restoring beauty through reconciliation and unity

On June 18 Pope Francis issued an important document on the church’s call to care for creation. The 184-page encyclical was titled, Laudato si’, which means “Praise be to you.” The phrase originates from a poem and prayer by Saint Francis of Assisi that praises God for the creation of the different creatures and aspects of the Earth.The subtitle of the encyclical, On Care for

Congo: Chased from home but feeding our families Republic Of The Congo, How To Introduce Yourself, Charity, Families, Around The Worlds, Canada, Culture, Statue, Money

Congo: Chased from home but feeding our families

Living in camp away from homeCradled in the valley in the outskirts of Minova, a town in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is a camp for Congolese people who were forced from their homes by violence between armed groups. Mubimbi camp was established in 2008, but conflict in eastern Congo continues today as the armed groups fight each other and the Congolese army. They

Healing trauma—the community way Helping Other People, Helping Others, Rebuilding Trust, Republic Of The Congo, Grief, Trauma, Compassion, Charity, Healing

Healing trauma—the community way

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nigeria, MCC is supporting the work of trauma survivors who are helping other people in their own countries to begin healing the wounds of violence. The communal sharing of grief, pain, fear and hurt can rebuild trust and hope within broken communities and even bring enemies together. Here is how it happens. Training the trainersIn

In Honduras, MCC-supported programs are part of a church’s efforts to bring hope and peace in neighborhoods plagued by gangs and fighting. Thrift Stores, Honduras, Thrifting, Peace, Money, Room, Silver

Working for peace in the midst of violence

In Honduras, MCC-supported programs are part of a church’s efforts to bring hope and peace in neighborhoods plagued by gangs and fighting.

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