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Rehab Craft Cambodia is a fair trade, nonprofit organization in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Former MCC worker Carrie (Martin) Beachy (right), of Milton, Pa., worked with Rehab and is pictured with co-director Rout Thuam Nunh. All of the artisans who create the handicrafts and benefit from the sales are disabled. Rehab handicrafts are sold in Canada and the U.S. by Ten Thousand Villages. (MCC Photo/Melissa Engle)

Rehab Craft Cambodia is a fair trade, nonprofit organization in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Former MCC worker Carrie (Martin) Beachy (right), of Milton, Pa., worked with Rehab and is pictured with co-director Rout Thuam Nunh. All of the artisans who create the handicrafts and benefit from the sales are disabled. Rehab handicrafts are sold in Canada and the U.S. by Ten Thousand Villages. (MCC Photo/Melissa Engle)

MCC and Ten Thousand Villages announce new partnership relationship

Michele Loeper and Cheryl Zehr Walker
June 17, 2011


AKRON, Pa. – Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and Ten Thousand Villages are moving to a new partnership relationship in the U.S., according to actions taken by their governing boards in April and June, respectively.

In the new relationship, Ten Thousand Villages in the U.S. will be a partner of MCC, rather than wholly owned by MCC as an operationally independent, nonprofit program. The two organizations will continue to work together to benefit artisans and their families worldwide. MCC will continue to be represented on the Ten Thousand Villages board of directors.

MCC is a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches, engaged in relief, development and peace efforts in about 60 countries. Ten Thousand Villages is the nation’s largest and one of the oldest fair trade retailers of artisan-crafted products.

“As always, MCC supports the mission of Ten Thousand Villages. MCC workers around the world regularly connect with Ten Thousand Villages staff in our shared goals of working alongside artisan groups as they build better lives and futures for their families, and this will continue,” said MCC executive director Arli Klassen.

Klassen noted that a number of now-independent organizations have grown from beginnings as part of MCC, including Mennonite Disaster Service, MTS Travel and Mennonite Health Services Alliance.

“Our focus continues to be on creating hope and opportunity through fair trade in developing countries,” said Craig Schloneger, CEO of Ten Thousand Villages. “This shift from being a program of MCC to becoming a partner, we believe, will position us well to continue our important work and create even more opportunity for new and lasting relationships with artisans from around the world.”

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