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.
Oct 26, 2012

Our Gift to you: 2013 Calendar

Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps' 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 youon the tiny Indonesian island of Buru, the rate of both early initiation and exclusive breastfeeding nearly tripled, to 8 percent and 5.5 percent, respectively, in the first year Mercy Corps was there in 2011 - from the initial breastfeeding rate of 2 percent. The first quarter of 2012 demonstrated an even greater improvement – early breastfeeding followed 72 percent of all live births, and 15.5 percent of all women were exclusively breastfeeding for six months after the birth or more. We could not have had that impact without you!

To receive your free 2013 Mercy Corps wall calendar, please send an email to fundraising@mercycorps.org with your mailing address! 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, thank you in advance for keeping Mercy Corps in mind as a donation option to change additional lives for the better.

Again, thank you!

Midwives like Rina Ardina partner with Mercy Corps
Midwives like Rina Ardina partner with Mercy Corps

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Oct 19, 2012

Helping Kids Heal in Haiti

Thirteen-year-old Emanuella
Thirteen-year-old Emanuella

Cité Soleil is full of a lot of things, but hope is not one of them.

There’s the fetid smell of smoldering trash. The deafening noise of jets landing at the airport nearby. The piles of cement rubble, some even older than the historic 2010 earthquake. And the tents — scores of blue-and-gray tarps clustered among the ruins.

The neighborhood is one of the poorest and most violent in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. Armed gangs used to rule the streets. Many residents lack running water and electricity. For as many as 400,000 residents, there is only one public school.

The devastating 2010 earthquake was just the first tragedy to strike thirteen-year-old Emmanuella's young life: She escaped the rubble of her home, only to lose even more amidst the violence in her neighborhood as her father was murdered and never found.

"When the earthquake reached my house I was watching TV. When I tried to get out a cement brick fell from above onto my leg. I saw people who had died, and people who were trapped. I was afraid because I thought I was going to die. After the earthquake I lived in a tent with my mother. We didn't have beds. We made beds with bricks. I live in Cité Soleil but I am often afraid because sometimes there is killing and violence."

"Life is really hard for children in Cité Soleil," says Franz, Emanuella's mentor and Soccer for Life coach. "Soccer for Life is a program that Mercy Corps has set up in Cité Soleil. Soccer is one of the tools we use to help the children forget a lot of things and live together in harmony. Emanuella has become a model for the children. Emanuella's life turned around. I see that soccer can bring the change that we want in Cité Soleil."

"Playing soccer makes me happy," explains Emanuella. "When I pass, when I hit the ball with my stomach or with my chest, when I score a goal, when my team is the champion, and when we jump when we win."

"Now I feel comfortable like I used to be because I'm not stressed anymore and I'm not scared anymore. That's why I feel better."

Click here to watch this uplifting video to find out how Emanuella has found comfort — and confidence — playing in Mercy Corps' Soccer for Life program.

Emanuella with her mentor and coach, Franz
Emanuella with her mentor and coach, Franz

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Oct 19, 2012

Comforting Kids Around the World

Amani and Lyat play at Za
Amani and Lyat play at Za'atari's new playground

In the aftermath of natural disasters and wars, children need help to make sense of what's happened. Our emergency-response teams lay the groundwork for emotional recovery in children by using two programs:

Comfort for Kids, developed in partnership with Bright Horizons Family Solutions, combines training for adults to help kids process trauma with an interactive workbook for children, which helps them tell their story of the disaster in a safe environment. Moving Forward promotes physical and emotional recovery through sports such as volleyball and soccer.

Here's how your incredible support helps Mercy Corps heal and rebuild lives for kids all over the world:

  • After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated New Orleans and swaths of the U.S. Gulf Coast, we distributed 55,000 Comfort Kits to children that included school supplies and stuffed animals. We also helped rebuild playgrounds lost to the storm.
  • New school supplies helped more than 9,000 children feel safe again in classrooms after the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake, which caused school collapses that killed up to 10,000 students.
  • Nearly 70% of the parents in Gaza said their children showed more optimism and fewer behavior problems after receiving emergency counseling from our teams in 2009, in the wake of Israel's Operation Cast Lead.
  • In our largest response yet, Mercy Corps teams in Haiti trained parents, doctors, teachers and other caregivers to help 90,000 children overcome their fear after the 2010 earthquake.
  • Mercy Corps brought play and art activities to 2,300 Japanese children after the March 2011 earthquake and resulting tsunami.
  • In Yemen’s capital, Mercy Corps and partner UNICEF are providing safe spaces for children to learn and play, reclaiming schools that had become war zones.
  • Our teams in the Central African Republic have recently expanded play therapy groups to reach more children displaced or orphaned by the terrorizing Lord's Resistance Army.

To learn more about how your support helps children in need, please click here to check out heartwarming photos from our new Comforting Kids Around the World photo essay.

Our most recent Comfort for Kids initiative is helping Syrian kids who have fled with their families to Jordan and Lebanon. We've built the only playground at Za'atari camp in northern Jordan. Even the refugee camp, far from the fighting, is a distressing place for children, who make up nearly half of the 20,000 refugees here.

Nine-year-old Amani, like most kids in the camp, wants to go home as soon as she can. “We had a happy home with four bedrooms and a nice living room and a garden. I had toys and clothes and there were parks nearby to play in. Now we have nothing.” 

But Amani’s face lights up as she plays. She tells her new friends that she wants to be a nurse when she grows up so she can help people in need. The playgrounds help brighten each day for her and best friend, Lyat, 11 years old, in otherwise harsh and bleak surroundings.

Your continued support allows Mercy Corps to help children like Amani and Lyat heal and recover from unimaginable trauma. Thank you. 


In Haiti, Abigail loves her art therapy program
In Haiti, Abigail loves her art therapy program
Children regain a sense of well-being
Children regain a sense of well-being
A playground in Jordan
A playground in Jordan's Za'atari refugee camp
A typical play therapy session in the CAR
A typical play therapy session in the CAR

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