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 28, 2013

Update: The life-saving food voucher program in Mali

Women receive their food vouchers
Women receive their food vouchers

More than a year has passed since we began our work in northern Mali, a region continuing to grapple with severe drought, conflict, and political crisis. Because of your generosity, Mercy Corps has been able to remain in the country and provide those affected with vouchers for food and other basic provisions. These vouchers allow these women to buy the food they need most from the local market.

We have also been able to expand our operations in the country and help feed more than 18,000 people by providing vouchers for food and other provisions - covering up to 50% of a family's basic needs for one month.

Looking ahead, Mercy Corps is gearing up for the rainy season and the potential for cholera, which hit the region hard last year. The next round of vouchers given will include a portion designated to hygiene and water purification goods only. We are also training households on good hygiene practices and helping the women and youth who transport the water learn how to properly clean their equipment.

With your support, we have been able to provide hope to the families and communities devastated this past year. But Mercy Corps is also committed to long term solutions, and is implementing an innovative agricultural program for these communities. This will ensure that families gain resiliency and never have to worry about a food crisis again.

As we move forward in this year, I will continue to send you updates on both our food voucher program and our long term plans for the Sahel region. Thank you for your support that enables us to help these families.

With gratitude,

Carlene

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Mar 28, 2013

Continuing to Provide Clean Water for Anab

A woman collects water from the reservoir
A woman collects water from the reservoir

Since building a reservoir in the Ethiopian village of Dudmaygag, lives like 18-year-old Anab’s have changed drastically.

Previously, Anab had to walk more than two days to reach a water source. She would bring her family's animals with her, walking in simple sandals on sandy paths studded with rocks to fill jerry cans and bring the much needed water home for cooking, washing and drinking.

In the middle of the worst drought in 60 years, fetching water was her most important task. But since - because of you - Mercy Corps built a reservoir near her village, getting clean water is not such a chore. Anab now fetches water several times a week and even sometimes daily. 

Anab continues to care for her family, but now she has also become an advocate to get more reservoirs in her village and the surrounding ones as, because of lack of rain and increased use as people find out about the reservoir, the water can get depleted rapidly in a month. But even with the lack of water, the atmosphere around the reservoir remains one of extreme support for one another mixed with deep appreciation of what has been done for them.

Because of your generosity, Anab, and many others in the community, are now able to focus on other aspects of life besides fetching water.

Thank you for continuing to care about the people like Anab in the Horn of Africa!

With gratitude, 

Carlene

Women collect water from the reservoir
Women collect water from the reservoir
People help one another retrieve the water
People help one another retrieve the water

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Mar 28, 2013

Our final update on the difference you've made for mothers in Indonesia!

With your support, Mercy Corps has been able to promote maternal health and breast feeding to women and communities in Indonesia since 2007. We implemented programs for mothers and their families that include both educational and emotional resources.

For example, our Healthy Start program has trained hundreds of local health officials and midwives on the importance of the practice of breast feeding, and brought thousands of women together to encourage and support each other. 

Though we will continue our work with these mothers in Jakarta and rural areas of Indonesia, we will no longer be doing a project page on Global Giving. You can continue to track our progress and see what we have accomplished in Indonesia, as well as check out our other work around the world. Thank you so much for all that you've contributed to Mercy Corps' efforts to expand these programs and save lives. 

To continue to donate to the mission of Mercy Corps on Global Giving, come visit our Turning Crisis Into Opportunity project.

Again, we truly appreciate your support to these mothers and their families!

With gratitude,

Carlene Deits

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