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MCC has supported work in Colombia via Anabaptist local partners since 1976. In 2002, MCC opened an office in Bogota to provide closer accompaniment during the era of massive displacement caused by the armed violence. MCC supports the work of Anabaptist churches and institutions engaged in peacebuilding activities. These activities include such diverse initiatives as supporting agricultural development for communities affected by the violence, children and youth programming, emergency attention to displaced persons, psycho-social support for those affected by the violence, and community mobilization and citizenship development. MCC partners are also engaged in local, national and international advocacy work related to the armed conflict and peacebuilding. In 2015, MCC Colombia supported 30 different Anabaptist churches or institutions in their work through either project grants or personnel placements.
In addition to seconding three-year workers to five institutional partners, MCC Colombia hosts the two-year Seed program, now in its fourth cycle. We also actively recruit and place one-year YAMEN and SALT workers. Currently our team consists of almost 30 people representing ten different countries.