Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. Mercy Corps helps people survive, recover and become self-sufficient. We partner with the people we serve to help them recover from disasters and conflicts, secure peace, grow more food, improve health, educate and protect children, empower women and start businesses that improve the standard of living for families and communities.
Mar 27, 2013

See what a girl can do!

If you're a girl in many parts of the world, the odds are stacked against you.

  • In sub-Saharan Africa, there is only a 20% chance that girls will study past elementary school. 
  • Girls in Afghanistan face some of the most severe repression anywhere in the world. They are denied education, the opportunity to support themselves, and even the freedom to leave their homes. 
  • Fighting in the Central African Republic has left many girls orphaned or separated from their parents.

But these odds can change.

Mercy Corps has a mission to educate and empower girls to end poverty in places like Afghanistan, Ethiopia and the Central African Republic.

Here's a snapshot of what we've been able to accomplish:

  • In a dusty provincial capital that was once a Taliban stronghold, thousands of girls are stepping outside to learn job skills for the first time at a vocational school run by Mercy Corps.
  • Scholarships provided by Mercy Corps have given girls in Ethiopia the chance to complete high school — and spread the power of their education through their family, community and country.
  • Mercy Corps helps girls in conflict-ridden Central African Republic heal from violence, stay in school and make choices that keep them safe.

When we invest in a girl through education, we give her a chance to succeed. And we set in motion a change that lasts for generations. Thanks to your support, we are providing opportunity and hope to these girls!

See more of what a girl can do today. 

With gratitude,

Carlene Deits

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Mar 15, 2013

Last day to have your donations matched! See the difference you've made!

Mr. Nagashima hard at work in his new bakery
Mr. Nagashima hard at work in his new bakery

Thank you so much for all the support you have given to the citizens of Japan. Their stories of survival and struggle are harrowing, but their spirit and dedication to resuming their lives and businesses are inspiring. We want to share with you a couple of stories to show how your contribution has made an impact.

Much like anywhere, the key to reviving these communities was to jump-start its small business sector. Through our partnership with PlaNet Finance and generous donors such NVIDIA and people like you, we have been able to provide financial tools to small business owners, help them re-open their doors, provide jobs within their community and restore badly needed flow of goods and services

For instance, Ryota Nagashima - a bakery-owner from Minamisanriku, lost everything in the tsunami. While living in a temporary shelter, Mr. Nagashima spotted a bag of donated flour and immediately had an idea to make pancakes for his fellow shelter dwellers. Mr. Nagashima, with support from a Mercy Corps grant, reopened his bakery and hired two full-time positions. Today he is again famous for his creations, and his shop and products have drawn tourists from all over the country.

Then there is the story of Tsutomu Onodera - a former fish merchant whose business, along with the entire fishery infrastructure perished in the tsunami. Driven to help restart this vital product supply chain, Mr. Onodera, with the help of the re-employment grant from NVIDIA started a co-op fresh food market where small vendors gather to sell their produce and fish.

Ryota Nagashima's and Tsutomu Onodera's businesses are two examples of the 219 enterprises that this Mercy Corps program has reached - because of you - totaling over 2,600 people. But most importantly, 100% of the businesses that we have supported are still in business. At this rate, we plan to keep granting to businesses through 2014!

We could not do this long-term rebuilding without donors like you, so thank you! This is the last day to have your donations matched by Global Giving at 100%. Help us double the impact for the people of Japan and the rebuilding of their businesses. 

With gratitude,

Carlene Deits

The co-op fresh food market
The co-op fresh food market

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Mar 10, 2013

Get your donations matched by 200%!

For the next 36 hours only, Global Giving will match any of your donations by 200%! 

That means that for every $1 you donate, $2 more will be added on.

Here's a breakdown of how much a 200% match means for your donations:

  • $10 you donate becomes $30
  • $25 you donate becomes $75 
  • $50 you donate becomes $150
  • $100 you donate becomes $300

You have already made such an impact in the lives of many, and we thank you for that. This is one more way you can help the citizens of Japan continue to recover and rebuild from the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit them in 2011. Even a small donation can make a huge difference!

Global Giving will continue to match your credit card or Paypall donations until March 15th, but the next 36 hours is the only time (until March 11th, 2013 23:59 PM EDT (March 12th, 12:59 PM JST)) they are matching at 200%! 

Your donation will support small businesses and provide access to capital and advice to revive the local markets and provide jobs to others. 

Thank you for continuing to care about those in Japan. We could not do our ongoing work without you!

With gratitude,

Carlene

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