Heather McGregor

International Affairs Intern, MCC Washington Office

The Washington-based Haiti Advocacy Working Group (HAWG) released a report last week, highlighting a need for the international donor community to refocus its policies on programs that enhance the ability of farming communities to deal with pressing threats to Haitian food security.  Currently, about one third of the Haitian population is ‘food insecure’, or lacking…

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A variety of human rights groups, faith-based organizations, policy institutes and humanitarian organizations have released a statement on the second anniversary of Haiti’s cholera outbreak, renewing their call for the United Nations and U.S. government to help control the ongoing epidemic. Since the outbreak in October 2010, 7,564 Haitians have died from cholera, with some…

Read more Two years after the outbreak of cholera in Haiti, access to clean water and sanitation is desperately needed

By Rebekah Sears, MCC Colombia Peace is a hot topic in Colombia these days- in the news, in various meeting spaces, within MCC partners and Anabaptist churches, and in casual conversations. So, what is behind this buzz? Well, for the first time in ten years, formal peace negotiations have been announced between the Government of…

Read more Concern, Doubt and Hope: Opportunities for Peace in Colombia

A joint publication released in September 2012 by Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and Latin America Working Group Education Fund (LAWGEF) estimates 360,000 families on the Caribbean Coast of Colombia have been forced from their land due to violence. Representatives from these organizations travelled to Colombia this June to assess progress of Colombia’s Victims’ and Land…

Read more Colombia’s Victims and Land Restitution Law Still Unfelt on the Ground

Take action and write a letter asking the presidential candidates to support Haiti by committing to support US policies that promote justice in the Caribbean nation. Nearly three years after the earthquake, Haitians continue to face a humanitarian crisis. The needs of the Haitian people are basic and widespread, ranging from lack of food-security and…

Read more President Obama, Governor Romney – Don’t forget about Haiti

Under Tents, an international campaign for housing rights in Haiti, released a housing brief this week highlighting the facts on the country’s internally-displaced persons (IDPs). Thirty-three months after the earthquake, over 369 000 Haitians are estimated to be living in tent camps. Designed as temporary housing for the 1.5 million people left homeless following the earthquake, almost…

Read more ‘Under Tents’ Campaign Demands Housing Rights in Haiti

MCC’s Jacqueline Block, a Service Worker in Mexico, reflects on the biblical relationship between righteousness, peace and advocacy. I find myself returning to scripture…seeking guidance, seeking for understanding.  Two verses stand out: “The seeds of the fruit of righteousness are planted in peace by those who are making peace” (James 3:18) and “Loving-kindness and truth have…

Read more Righteousness, Peacemaking and Advocacy: A Biblical Reflection