Mennonite Central Committee survives ‘major shift’ in CIDA donation-matching program, only to suffer serious shortfall in long-term funding by same device

When the massive earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) was one of the fortunate non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to receive money for its relief work from the government fund set up to match donations from Canadians, but by then the ground beneath Canadian NGOs had already shifted.

MCC received $2.1 million for relief and development projects in Haiti, but now what fellow church aid organizations have called a “major shift” in the donation-matching program run by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is also responsible for the denial of nearly $9 million in funding for MCC projects over the next three years that was announced in early February.

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