Left to right: Dr. Christian Isichie, coordinator/founder of Faith Alive Foundation; Mugu Bako, MCC Nigeria; Charles Kwuelum, MCC Washington Office

In March, I met with Hannatu Anthony* one of the beneficiaries of free medications, treatments and socio-economic empowerment programs made possible by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) support for the Faith Alive Clinic in Jos, Nigeria. Hannatu Anthony was pregnant and receiving free prenatal services and medical care at the Faith Alive Clinic. The clinic offers…

Read more Rejected and stigmatized, but saved by your love

The United States Capitol Building.

It is always important to engage with your elected officials, but it is particularly important in an election year like this one. U.S. government policies greatly impact people’s lives in this country and around the world. Those who are poor or marginalized are often affected the most. As Christians, we must educate ourselves about candidates’…

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As the world strives to increase sustainable development and respond to new priorities alongside emerging and changing circumstances, donors and international actors are prompted to be sensitive to fundamental shifts. These holistic shifts include science, technology, policies, institutions, capacity development and investments that are moderated by ethics and inspired by the common good. For example,…

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By Charles Kwuelum Every February, the president releases his budget request. The request for 2017 is $4.1 trillion. Budgets reflect our values as a nation, and the U.S. likes to think of itself as the world’s most generous country. But will the budget help to overcome extreme poverty around the world? Unfortunately, this year’s budget…

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Residents of the Mubimbi IDP camp near Minova, DR Congo, are pictured with a pile of eggplant and a pile of cabbages that were harvested from their community garden.
ECC Photo/Patrick Bulonza

In this article, Vanessa Hershberger and Annie Loewen share insights on the existing dynamics in host-IDP households in relation to humanitarian responses in the distribution of food assistance, with eastern Congo as a case study. Households are more commonly places where competing claims, unequal power, diverse interests and access to resources are frequently negotiated and…

Read more Food assistance: Intra-household vulnerability in eastern Congo