BIC affiliate MCC responding to Haiti earthquake, welcomes donations

—Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), the relief organization of Brethren in Christ and Mennonite congregations, is responding to the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti late Tuesday afternoon.

Today, MCC committed $100,000 U.S. or $103,420 Cdn. for immediate needs. International Program Department Director Ron Flaming anticipates a response of at least $1 million U.S. or $1.03 Cdn. over multiple years. MCC is appealing for donations to fund these efforts.

MCC has workers stationed across Haiti, and all program staff located in Port-au-Prince, the capital, are accounted for. Although the communications infrastructure in Haiti has been disrupted, staff members were able to send a message via the U.S. embassy. All MCC staff members who have been in touch report seeing bodies in the streets, according to Daryl Yoder-Bontrager, MCC Latin America and the Caribbean director. MCC is working to contact staff outside Port-au-Prince.

MCC is planning its response which will include short-term relief plus recovery efforts over the medium- and long-term. “We’re looking carefully at how we can build peace, avoid violence, and do good community development at the same time,” said Yoder-Bontrager.

MCC’s work in Haiti over the past years has focused on reforestation and environmental education, human rights and advocacy for food security.

The Brethren in Christ World Hunger Fund is currently accepting donations for Haiti disaster relief efforts, to be distributed through Mennonite Central Committee.

In the U.S., donations can be made online (please designate "World Hunger Fund—Haiti relief") or by sending checks to the Brethren in Christ Church Offices at 431 Grantham Rd, PO Box A, Grantham, PA 17027. If giving by check, please make it out to "General Conference of the Brethren in Christ, Inc.," and mark "World Hunger Fund—Haiti relief " on the memo line of the check.

In Canada, cheques should be made out to the “Canadian Conference of the Brethren in Christ Church” and sent directly to the Canadian Conference of the BIC Church: 2700 Bristol Circle, Oakville, ON L6H 6E1. Please specify “World Hunger Fund—Haiti relief.”