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.
Nov 14, 2012

Funds will help thousands rebuild after Sandy

Marie Lourdes Denzilus received payment
Marie Lourdes Denzilus received payment

Because of your donation and support of our work in Haiti, Mercy Corps has been working with Haitian farmers in the mountains to protect their homes and crops from destructive mudslides during massive storms like Sandy with soil conservation structures to reduce erosion. Our teams were back in these rural villages the day after the hurricane, and heard firsthand how their fields were saved by the work that's been done so far.

Not only are we working with farmers for them to lose less when disaster strikes, but Mercy Corps is working through our existing micro-insurance organization - Microinsurance Catastrophe Risk Organisation (MiCRO) to ensure thousands get the funds they desperately need to rebuild their business after Sandy.

“Sandy created the largest rain event, by far, in the 14 years since satellites began measuring rainfall in Haiti. Based on early reports, it is the largest disaster in Haiti since the January 2010 earthquake,” said James Kurz, Mercy Corps’ Financial Services Senior Technical Advisor to MiCRO, the organization we co-founded with local micro-inance institution Fonkoze in 2011.

The hardest hit areas in the south received upwards of 500 millimeters of rain (nearly 20 inches) in just a few days, but the entire country suffered under the historic deluge. Any crops that were spared during Tropical Storm Isaac just two months ago have been almost entirely wiped out; flooding damaged or destroyed nearly 20,000 homes, displacing even more families.

MiCRO is designed to protect micro-entrepreneurs — many of them women — from catastrophic losses in the wake of natural disasters just like Sandy. When they survive on as little as $2 a day by selling small goods out of their home or at the market, damaged inventory or houses can mean the end of any income — and access to food, water and education — for these women and their families. MiCRO funds give them a means to start over as quickly as possible.

Nearly 9,000 women received assistance within a month of Tropical Storm Isaac this past August. It takes a minimum of 200 mm of rainfall to trigger insurance payments, but Sandy dumped over twice that amount on Haiti. Based on that magnitude and the larger range of damage throughout the country, Mercy Corps and Fonkoze teams expect the Sandy-related payouts to be the largest in MiCRO’s 18-month history.

Though some clients still remain unreachable beyond flooded rivers and destroyed bridges, teams have already begun assessing damage. Over the coming weeks, they will meet with clients to review claims and make payments.

“The majority of losses will be merchandise that was damaged by the rain or washed away. Since many businesses are in their homes, payments will also help them repair damage to their houses,” Kurz explained. “Millions and millions of dollars will be flowing into the hands of those who need it most.”

Thank you for your support. Because of you, more businesses will be able to rebuild and farmers will be able to keep future storms from causing widespread damage. 

A NASA satellite image of rainfall by Hurr. Sandy
A NASA satellite image of rainfall by Hurr. Sandy

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Oct 31, 2012

Support Mercy Corps' Efforts in Japan: Donate During the GlobalGiving's Japan Matching Campaign!

Young mothers work at newly opened Peace Jam
Young mothers work at newly opened Peace Jam

Good News! You can make a huge difference in the lives of countless people affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Beginning at 12:01am EDT on November 1, 2012 (13:01 pm JST on November 2), GlobalGiving will be matching all donations made to Mercy Corps’ Response to Japan Earthquake and Tsunami project.

The matching campaign ends on November 15, 2012 at 11:59pm EDT (13:59pm JST on November 16) or until funds run out! Donate now! Matching funds will go quickly! Tell your friends! Please encourage them to donate too!

Here are some quick facts you should know about the campaign:

  • All donations will be matched 100% up to $1,000 per donor;
  • There is a maximum of $100,000 in matching funds. Once funds have been depleted, no more donations will be matched. But donations can still be made to help the people of Japan rebuild their lives; 
  • GlobalGiving will match through Nov 15, 2012 or until matching funds run out.

The continued support from donors like you allows the people of Japan to rebuild their lives with dignity and options. Mercy Corps has worked to provide life-saving basics to help people in desperate need, help children recover and heal from trauma, and continues to advance economic recovery by supporting fish markets, providing business loans, and supporting fishing associations.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at: fundraising@mercycorps.org. 

Domo arigato for your support.

Ofunato fish market reopens with Mercy Corps
Ofunato fish market reopens with Mercy Corps' help
Happy octopus catcher in Minamisanriku
Happy octopus catcher in Minamisanriku
Women Prepares Seaweed for Market
Women Prepares Seaweed for Market

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Oct 30, 2012

Our Thank You Gift to You: 2013 Calendar!

Thank you for your support. Because you have put your caring into action to Mercy Corps through GlobalGiving, we are able to make a positive impact on lives throughout the world. To show our appreciation, we'd like to give you a Mercy Corps calendar as a thank you and daily reminder of how you are changing lives

Because of you, Mercy Corps helps people turn the crises they confront into the opportunities they deserve. Driven by local needs, our programs provide communities in the world's toughest places with the tools and support they need to transform their own lives.

Please send an email to fundraising@mercycorps.org with your mailing address, and we will send you a free 2013 Mercy Corps calendar! Your address will not be used for any other purpose than mailing you this calendar. 

If you are a resident of the Portland, Oregon metro area, please keep in mind that Mercy Corps has several upcoming free events that we would love for you to attend. Tuesday evening on October 30th, we have team members share their stories from the field of how positive changes are being made. Please click here for details of this and other upcoming events and exhibits. If you'd like to attend or receive a monthly email of these events, let us know!

As the end of 2012 quickly approaches, others lives can change because of you too as you keep Mercy Corps in mind as you donate. 

Again, thank you!

Giving farmers hope: Market day in Niger
Giving farmers hope: Market day in Niger

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