Relief, Development and Podcast, is a new podcast from MCC. This show is all about staying connected, especially at this unusual time — connecting with each other and connecting with the realities faced by displaced and people made vulnerable around the world.
Hosted by Scott Campbell, director of donor relations and communications for MCC Canada, every episode features a conversation with a special guest, stories from the field and updates about people and programs making an impact all around the world. Together we’ll hear stories about relief, development and peace, and how your support for MCC helps to meet basic human needs and work for peace and justice.
Emergency supplies arrive in Ukraine / MCC staff Nadiya
It’s been over five months since the Russian military invaded Ukraine and, because of the war, supply chains in-country have been disrupted. Many essential items are difficult to find.
Recently, a shipment of emergency supplies sent from the United States and Canada arrived in Ukraine and are being distributed to the people who need it most.
Today on the show, MCC staff Nadiya (full name not used for security reasons) shares an update on MCC's response in Ukraine and answers some frequently asked questions about the recent supply shipment.
Full transcript available here: https://mcc.org/sites/mcc.org/files/media/episode_30-emergency_suppies_arrive_in_ukraine.pdf
The hunger crisis / Andy Harrington from CFGB
Right now, around the world hundreds of millions of people go to bed hungry. 50 million have exhausted all options and are teetering on the edge of famine. That’s up from 27 million in 2019 before the pandemic began. A substantial increase.
Today on the show, we’re bringing you a bonus episode about the hunger crisis. Our guest is Andy Harrington, Executive Director of Canadian Foodgrains Bank, also known as CFGB.
Canadian donors can donate here: https://donate.mcccanada.ca/cause/global-hunger-crisis
US donors can donate here: https://donate.mcc.org/cause/global-hunger-crisis
Full transcript and show notes here: https://mcc.org/sites/mcc.org/files/media/episode_29-the_hunger_crisis.pdf
Imagining better futures / Sibonokuhle Ncube on climate change and faith
Dr. Sibonokuhle Ncube says climate change chose her since she learned as a child that people in her rural village in Zimbabwe suffered from drought and hunger. But today she doesn't focus on all that is broken and what to fear, she focuses her energy on working towards a better future. You're going to want to listen to this one...
Full transcript and show notes here: https://mcc.org/sites/mcc.org/files/media/episode_28-sibo_ncube_el.pdf
Pressure on top of pressure in Haiti / Conversation with Rony and Naomi, MCC staff in Haiti
We talk with Rony Janvier, MCC Haiti rep, and Naomi Docilait, program director, about the current unpredictability in Haiti. Gang violence, natural disasters and climate change are all factors making life difficult for a vulnerable population.
"No road is safe" / Asiyah and Desalegn on the civil war in Ethiopia
While it has barely made the news, the northern part of Ethiopia has entered its 17th month of civil war. On this episode we hear from two Ethiopians––Asiyah Mohammed, a pastoralist, who fled the Afar region after a shell landed near her home and Desalegn Abebe Ejo, a pastor from Addis Ababa who recently travelled to the conflict zones to supply emergency aid.
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“I understood that we are refugees now” / Anna from Ukraine
For years Anna (full name not used for security reasons), an MCC staff person, supported people who were displaced from the fighting in eastern Ukraine. Now she is one of those people and, in this bonus episode, she shares a bit of what it was like to quickly pack up and leave her home behind. Full transcript and show notes here: https://mcc.org/sites/mcc.org/files/media/episode_25-anna_from_ukraine_0.pdf