Hand washing is a message we all know well. When COVID-19 hit, it was hard to imagine what prevention measures looked like in places like Mathare, one of the poorest areas in Kenya and home to a settlement of over 500,000 people. But people like Anne Mwatha sprang into action. Anne is a care group leader who helps families in Mathare better care for their health and she maintains one of 50 handwashing stations provided through an MCC partner.
Read more about Anne and other ways MCC and our partners continue to meet urgent needs around the globe.
One of the things I’ve remained hopeful about is MCC’s work supporting refugee sponsorship groups. Initially, travel restrictions interrupted this work and it wasn’t until the summertime that international travel for refugees was possible. For Shafiqul Islam bin Abdul Hussin’s family that meant they could finally come to Winnipeg after waiting two years and an extra six months due to the pandemic. This timing was especially important because Shafiqul’s wife, Arafa, was pregnant.
- On this episode we talk to Rick Cober Bauman, executive director of MCC Canada, about the challenges and successes of the last year and look ahead to 2021. We also get more personal with Rick in a rapid-fire 20 questions. Listen now
- For the month of February, we’re celebrating the creativity and generosity of our comforter makers! While we won’t be gathering in person this year for our comforter making bash, we invite you to make comforters from the comfort of your own home. Or, sponsor a comforter in honour of someone for Valentine’s Day.
There are other ways to get involved with Great Winter Warm-up! Check out our webpage to find out more.