OVERVIEW OF MMC
Medical Mercy Canada (MMC)
is a registered, non-government, non-religious, charitable organization based in Calgary, Alberta. MMC provides medical supplies, education, support and other supplies to India, Nepal, and Burmese refugees in Thailand and to impoverished villagers in Ukraine. Founded in 1991 by Dr. Myron and Elaine Semkuley, MMC continues to support its volunteers in their humanitarian efforts on annual trips to work on projects which include establishing and maintaining health clinics, small hospitals, chronic care centres, orphanages and village schools as well as developing sanitation and clean water systems. MMC provides medical assistance, instruction in health and wellness and provides donated supplies, and funds for small-scale building and hygiene projects.
MMC has been involved in 118 projects,
between 1992 and June 2009
Objectives & Goals:
Currently, we provide direct on-site support for health projects in Ukraine and along the Thai-Burma and India-Burma borders. In Canada we raise funds, and awareness about the issues affecting Burmese refugees and impoverished Ukrainian villagers.
Bonnie and Chester give a class on Bee Keeping in Mae La Oo refugee camp
The Emery’s taught many groups of interested people how to build hives, catch bees, start new bee colonies, care for them and collect honey for personal use and sale. This grew great interest and excitement for Bonnie and Chester, as well as their students, in every village we went.
A Former Burmese Bee Keeper attempts to load bees into a bee box
Areas where Bee Keeping workshops took place included:
- Zokhawthar and surrounding villages on India-Burma border
- Low Kaw Wan, where a previous Burmese bee keeper (who lost all his possessions when he and his family fled from the Burmese army) and several others were taught and helped to re-start their little industry.
- Mae La Oo refugee camp, enthusiastic group learned beekeeping business
- Nepal, READ Nepal in Kathmandu, Lepers in rehabilitation were taught, as well as several remote villages in Nepal.