As international efforts are underway to convince warring parties in Syria to gather for peace talks in Geneva on Jan. 22, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is releasing an additional $200,000 to help Syrian families get through the winter.
A routine day of preparing the soil for planting corn in Laos took a sudden turn when the hoe struck a small bomb that had been buried in the ground for more than 40 years. The bomb exploded, killing the husband and sending his wife to the hospital with serious injuries.
After opposition forces overtook the Syrian villages of Haffar and Sadad on Oct. 21, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) appealed to the United Nations to make it possible for humanitarian assistance to reach the estimated 3,000 Syrian families endangered there.
The Food Security Policy Group (a coalition of MCC and other development organizations) assessed CIDA's work in food and agriculture since 2009. The Fertile Ground report is based on four background studies: country studies in Ethiopia and Honduras, a report on statistics and a report on international dimensions.
The Idle No More movement and the hunger strike by Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence have brought global attention to unresolved treaty issues and a broken relationship between Indigenous Peoples and many Canadians.
Amidst the loss of life and devastation, Haitians continue to move forward in the reconstruction of their country. Most of the rubble from the earthquake has been cleared, and homeowners are working to repair their houses. But this is not easy, as financial resources in the country continue to dwindle and frustrations mount.
There still is no centralized government housing authority to manage land ownership, zoning or planning, including where and how to build new permanent housing. It’s not uncommon for several people to have papers claiming the same land. The International Organization for Migration says about 360,000 people still live in tent camps.