Sign-on Letters

Dekoundam Louise shares peanuts grow by the Bedai village women's group.
MCC partner Baobab trained women in Badei village in techniques to raise healthier goats, chickens and ducks. Training on how to use vaccines for goats and poultry was also provided to help villagers maintain healthy animals which typically garner a higher sale price at market.
In rural areas outside Moundou, Chad, MCC supports the work of partner organization Baobab, which provides agricultural training, helping farmers to raise healthier livestock and find new opportunities to earn an income from their land. .

Peanuts have taken center stage in Haiti, after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that a surplus of peanuts in the U.S. would be shipped to Haitian school children. It has ignited a lively debate between proponents of food assistance, Haitian development organizations and farmer coalitions, and international organizations with years of experience working…

Read more True cost of “free” peanuts


Six months since donors pledged $3.5 billion towards Gaza’s recovery, many people are worse off, according to a report issued earlier this week by 46 aid agencies, including Mennonite Central Committee. An estimated 100,000 people are still homeless and many are living in makeshift camps or schools. The report’s main recommendations are: End the cycle…

Read more Humanitarian agencies call for end to Gaza blockade


Ron Byler of MCC U.S. and Ervin Stutzman of Mennonite Church USA joined other Christian leaders in a full-page ad in Roll Call yesterday, expressing support for the framework agreement with Iran. As Christian leaders in the United States, we welcome and support the Framework Agreement, announced by seven nations on April 2, to dramatically…

Read more Christian leaders support the Iran framework agreement


J Ron Byler, executive director of Mennonite Central Committee U.S., joined other faith leaders this week in urging the U.S. government to address root causes of the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. The letter states: This week marks two significant anniversaries that should cause us to reflect on events that have contributed to the current…

Read more Address root causes of violence in Syria and Iraq: Faith leaders to President Obama


MCC U.S. sent a letter to President Obama addressing the situation in Iraq and Syria, expressing “our deep concern over continued airstrikes against so-called Islamic State (IS militants).” The letter notes MCC’s work in the region and urges the U.S. government to address political and social grievances in Iraq and Syria, engage in regional diplomacy,…

Read more MCC U.S. calls for “sustained and energetic diplomacy” on Iraq and Syria


On Tuesday MCC U.S. and other organizations sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, urging the U.S. government to take immediate action to stop the forced transfer of Palestinian Bedouins living in Area C of the occupied West Bank. In September, Israel published six spatial plans to forcibly transfer Palestinian Bedouins from their communities…

Read more MCC U.S. and others raise concern about plan for forcible transfer of Bedouin communities


Today MCC U.S. joined 10 other Christian organizations and churches in calling for an immediate end to the violence–as well as its underlying causes–in Palestine and Israel. The letter states: As the situation continues to deteriorate, and horrendous death and destruction mount in Gaza, we are called by conscience to say, “Enough.” Sadly, the scenes that…

Read more MCC U.S. joins call to halt violence in Gaza