The host organization for the 2017 ACT 4 Global Change Tour was Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), a global organization working in relief, development, and peace. Rooted in the Anabaptist tradition, MCC began in 1920 and now works in over 50 countries through local partnerships. MCC's international work focuses on sustainable agriculture, health, education, peacebuilding, and humanitarian relief.
Along with other provincial and regional offices, MCC Maritimes and MCC Newfoundland and Labrador support the international work of MCC through awareness-raising and education, and further MCC’s mission of peacebuilding and community development by supporting local churches and organizations in their work. Specific focus sectors include restorative justice, sustainable livelihoods and reconciliation with our Indigenous neighbours. In all our programs we are committed to relationships with our local partners and churches; their needs guide our priorities.
MCC began work in Uganda in 1979 after the overthrow of Idi Amin. Uganda's post-independence history is marred by the violent insecurity of successive political regimes, which saw millions of Ugandans killed in the on-going decades. In the beginning, MCC focused on short-term reconstruction efforts working alongside local churches in the areas of relief aid and rebuilding. When the war in the North started in the late 1980s, MCC shifted its focus towards providing relief and supporting peace efforts in Northern Uganda. At the height of the war, between 1996 and 2006, MCC supported church efforts in brokering peace between the LRA and Government forces while simultaneously providing relief and psycho-social support to the people of Northern Uganda.
MCC’s recent efforts have focused on supporting partners in the areas of peacebuilding, reconciliation and development, seeing peace as the foundation for sustainable development. MCC Uganda currently supports 17 partners in projects across four different sectors including Health, Education, Peace and Food Security. MCC local partners are drawn from different backgrounds including faith based organizations, interfaith organizations and community based organizations.
Previous tour partners have included Falls Brook Centre, which took a group of youth to visit their international cooperation projects in Honduras; and Breaking the Silence, which invited youth to visit their work in solidarity with Guatemalan partners.