MEDA in the News

Cyclists hit Myanmar for Fundraising Trip

As published in Faith Today by Michael Strathdee

Laverne Brubacher doesn't consider himself an avid cyclist. But in November the 73-year-old from St. Jacobs, Ont., plans to join 16 other Canadians and three Americans riding 355 km through the South Asian nation of Myanmar. 

All 20 will ride in support of impoverished female farmers, people they have never met. Sixteen others, mostly from the U.S., are supporting the same fund drive by exploring Myanmar on a bus tour.

Each participant has committed to raising at least $5,000. Brubacher set and achieved a goal of raising $10,000. The Myanmar on the Move trip raised a total of $600,000 (

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New F&V platform for Ukrainian greenhouse veg growers

As published on Fresh Plaza, by Andrii Chornyi


It took just over 4 months to reconstruct an old Soviet-era motor transport enterprise into the first stage of a logistics center, capable of receiving and processing up to 80 tons of vegetables a day. The facility makes it possible for small and medium greenhouse producers to bring their vegetables to be sorted, packaged, palletized and, most importantly, quickly cooled to a temperature of 5˚С in order to preserve the proper quality required by the market (exports in particular), extend shelf life and transport fresh F&V without losses.


This first F&V platform for the Zaporizhia region in Ukraine, was launched last Friday, 22 September, 2017. The new facility, was built and equipped by private entrepreneur, Andrii Chornyi, with the financial support of the Ukraine Horticulture Business-Development Project (UHBDP). UHBDP has been implemented in Ukraine since 2014, funded by Global Affairs Canada, co-financed and implemented by Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA).

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Bruce Trail hikers to meet senior supporters

As published in the Owen Sound Sun Times

MEAFORD - Some Meaford Long Term Care residents have been walking the home's halls and in its garden in symbolic support of an end-to-end Bruce Trail walk underway by the president of the company that now owns the home.

Wednesday several residents will meet Elaine Shantz, president and chief operating officer of peopleCare, which recently purchased the facility. They'll meet at the Walter's Falls Inn, near where the Bruce Trail passes through Walter's Falls, and have lunch.

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Leamington father and son are cycling for a cause

As published in the Leamington Southpoint Sun

This November, David Dyck and his son Andrew of Learmington will be cycling in Myanmar to raise money to support women-owned businesses and farming enterprises. They are travelling with MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates), an international economic development organization whose mission is to create business solutions to poverty.

The Myanmar project endeavours to bridge the gap between poverty and opportunity by providing beneficiaries with both funding and business expertise. This five-year initiative aims to help 25,000 female entrepreneurs attain sustainable livelihoods for themselves and their families.

All donations to this project are multiplied seven times in impact with funding from Global Affairs Canada.

You can help David and Andrew achieve their fundraising goal of $20,000 by donating here.

Donations can also be sent directly to the MEDA office at 155 Frobisher Drive, Suite I-106, Waterloo, ON N2V 2E1. All monies raised will go directly to the project in Myanmar.

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