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Relief, Development and Podcast, is a podcast from Mennonite Central Committee. This show is about connecting with the realities faced by displaced and people made vulnerable around the world.

Episodes feature special guests, 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.

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Relief, Development and Podcast, is a podcast from Mennonite Central Committee. This show is about connecting with the realities faced by displaced and people made vulnerable around the world.

Episodes feature special guests, 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.

    The Enneagram Prison Project

    The Enneagram Prison Project

    "I didn't expect something like this program to be in jail," says EPP participant Chantelle Peele. "It was very compassionate and understanding. And it came from a place of true caring. You can sense it right away when you walked in the room that the guides, and the facilitators cared, and they genuinely wanted to help."
    The Enneagram Prison Project uses a personality test called the Enneagram to facilitate trauma healing and self-awareness training for people in prison and jail. If you don't know what the Enneagram is, don't worry, we get into that in this episode...

    Featuring EPP participant Chantelle Peele and guides Leanne Schellenberg and Amanda Dodge.
    Full transcript and show notes available here.

    • 25 min
    Distributing aid in Myanmar at great risk / "Mr. Khong"

    Distributing aid in Myanmar at great risk / "Mr. Khong"

    Myanmar has been in crisis since the military seized power again in 2021. Distributing aid is dangerous, so MCC's partners in the region face significant challenges. Meet Mr. Khong (not using his real name for security reasons), an MCC partner in Myanmar. He shares how he is navigating these dangerous conditions, talks about the moral obligation he feels as a peace worker, the livelihoods being impacted, families fleeing from their homes, the unpredictability of the army and the constant worry about being a target. 
    "Being meaningful to my country, being meaningful to my community, that can’t be measured," he says.
    Full transcript available here.

    • 28 min
    Nonviolent resistance: Just peace in Palestine and Israel part 2 / Jonathan Kuttab, Alain Epp Weaver and Jad Issac

    Nonviolent resistance: Just peace in Palestine and Israel part 2 / Jonathan Kuttab, Alain Epp Weaver and Jad Issac

    Part two of the conversation with Jonathan Kuttab and Alain Epp Weaver focuses stories of Palestinian nonviolent resistance to the Israeli occupation. We also hear stories from Jad Issac, the director general of the Applied Research Institute - Jerusalem (ARIJ), an MCC partner of over 40 years.
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    • 26 min
    Gaza update: Just peace in Palestine and Israel Part 1 / Jonathan Kuttab and Alain Epp Weaver

    Gaza update: Just peace in Palestine and Israel Part 1 / Jonathan Kuttab and Alain Epp Weaver

    Gaza has seen so much devastation over the last few months. In this episode we are joined by Palestinian human rights lawyer and former MCC volunteer, Jonathan Kuttab, as well as Alain Epp Weaver, director of MCC's planning learning and disaster response department, to talk about the current situation and the history that has brought us to this point. MCC has continued to respond through local partners, Seth Malone and Sarah Funkhouser , MCC representatives for Jordan, Palestine and Israel, tell us how. 

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    • 53 min
    Community built stoves / Tariro Cynthia Mutsindikwa

    Community built stoves / Tariro Cynthia Mutsindikwa

    Meet the engineer behind Score Against Poverty’s fuel-efficient stoves used in Mwenezi, Zimbabwe.  Cynthia discusses the importance of the community being involved in the design. You’ll hear how the collaborations of the community of women, the engineer and the local artisan all a part of making the stoves efficient, sustainable and easy to use. Cynthia says, “If you involve them you know that the rate of failure is low and you know that the model that you are going to design or make you are sure that the women will be using it” 
    Full transcript here

    • 31 min
    Love is a house / featuring author Yann Martel

    Love is a house / featuring author Yann Martel

    In his book “The High Mountains of Portugal,” Yann Martel writes...  

    “Love is a house with many rooms, this room to feed the love, this one to entertain it, this one to clean it, this one to dress it, this one to allow it to rest, and each of these rooms can also just as well be the room for laughing or the room for listening or the room for telling one’s secrets or the room for sulking or the room for apologizing or the room for intimate togetherness, and, of course, there are the rooms for the new members of the household. Love is a house in which plumbing brings bubbly new emotions every morning, and sewers flush out disputes, and bright windows open up to admit the fresh air of renewed goodwill. Love is a house with an unshakable foundation and an indestructible roof.” 

    In this episode, we’re bringing you a story about a house. A house that belongs to author Yann Martel and now houses newcomers. 

    We explore what it takes to sponsor a refugee family. How it takes a village. A community. A network of people working together, using their strengths. How anyone can get involved with the resources, time or skills they have to offer. We speak with Yann and a number of people connected to the home he gifted—a family member who was once a refugee herself, someone from the sponsorship group and a neighbour.
    Full transcript available here.

    • 39 min

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A great podcast for hearing stories from around the world. It is amazing to listen to people from different cultures, hear their perspective, and get information about what is happening with our global neighbors.

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