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 24, 2014

Thank You for Saving and Improving Lives in the Horn of Africa

Thank you for helping families survive the crisis
Thank you for helping families survive the crisis

In 2011, the most severe drought in 60 years hit the Horn of Africa and ignited a food crisis across the region that contributed to violent conflict and put the lives of more than 12.5 million people at risk. 

Persistent droughts destroyed crops across the region. Without food and water, animals became sick and many did not survive. This was especially concerning because most people are pastoralists who earn a living by selling the food and milk of their livestock or who rely on livestock to feed themselves.

With few alternatives, families needed to walk countless miles in search of water and food to fill their empty stomachs.  And a life of constant upheaval often pushed children to drop out of school for extended periods — many never returned. 

When you generously donated to Mercy Corps' Food Crisis Hits Horn of Africa project on GlobalGiving you helped us ramp up our relief and recovery efforts to reach hundreds of thousands of people. You saved lives and helped people gain the tools to transform their lives. You’ve made a real difference. 

Taiko, a mother from Ethiopia, worried about how she was going to feed her family and couldn't afford to keep her kids in school. Because of you, Taiko is able to take care of her family. And you helped give her children a chance to complete their education on scholarship. Taiko and her family are so thankful for your support.  

Together, we:

  • Treated malnourished children and provided health care to families.
  • Promoted peace by helping communities resolve disputes.
  • Helped farmers adapt to climate issues and protect their crops and livestock.
  • Provided vocational training and job opportunities so people could support their families.
  • Increased education, economic and civic participation opportunities for youth.

Mercy Corps continues to meet the needs of millions of people in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya to ensure they thrive. However, we are retiring this project on GlobalGiving because we have received sufficient funds to implement the programs our team aims to achieve in the coming months. To learn about our current work in this region please visit the country pages our website: SomaliaEthiopia and Kenya

To continue saving and improving lives in the world's toughest places, please consider supporting our Help Mercy Corps Turn Crisis into Opportunity project on GlobalGiving. Thank you! 

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You've helped give youth new opportunities!
You helped Taiko
You helped Taiko's daughter continue her education

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Mar 21, 2014

Save a Hungry Family Today - Hawa's Story

Hawa and her daughter thank you for your support
Hawa and her daughter thank you for your support

Hawa and her 6-year-old daughter, Ramatou, are bracing themselves for what’s to come: the grinding pain of hunger and the weakness and vulnerability to sickness and disease that come along with it. 

Drought has ruined their crops. The lean season between harvests is always difficult, but the millet they rely on for nutritious porridge and pancakes barely grew last year. The family has already eaten what little they were able to salvage from the meager harvest. Many days there is only a bowl of wilted lettuce for Hawa to feed her little girl — and it will be six long months before any crops grow again. Hawa says, "Every day, we will have to just eat less if we don't find food. We are very hungry, that's why we are asking for help." 

In the West African nation of Niger where they live, their situation is all too familiar. Sixty-six percent of the population faces severe food shortages. Over 13 percent of children under five are acutely malnourished. To save lives, please act now.

Join us by donating today to prevent hunger from claiming countless lives — and destroying families’ hopes for a healthy future. 

You have already brought lifesaving relief. Thank you! Your donations have saved lives by providing stronger seeds suitable for drier conditions that yield new crops like beans and peanuts and help families eat a diverse, nutritious diet. Your support helped deliver goats that became a vital source of income and milk, and helped launch village saving and loan groups that ensured women have a financial safety net to buy the food they need. 

With your help, Hawa started a business selling peanut oil and has been growing her herd of goats. But now she’s worried. The persistent droughts have destroyed the crops she depends on; she has nothing to sell and little to keep her goats healthy. Not only does she wonder every minute where her daughter’s next meal will come from, but she also fears that her hard work to better their lives will be lost. 

That's why Hawa and millions in Niger need help again. "If we are in good health and if we have enough to eat, then I am happy. We're very grateful to Mercy Corps. They helped us before so we could be stronger." Together, we can continue to put lifesaving resources like improved seeds and food into the hands of hardworking women like Hawa. 

When you join us with a gift of $35, $75 or $150 you’ll help give families the stability they need to survive until the next harvest. Whether it’s emergency food aid to nurse a malnourished child back to health, or improved wells to help the land recover from drought — you can save lives in Niger, and everywhere that hunger plagues families on a daily basis. 

In times of crisis, when hunger, war and poverty threaten so many people around the world, your support couldn’t be more important. 

Sincerely, 


Dan O'Neill, Mercy Corps Founder

Dan O’Neill
Mercy Corps Founder 

Families need your help to survive the crisis
Families need your help to survive the crisis

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Mar 20, 2014

Help a Syrian family survive the crisis today.

Your donations help Syrian children survive
Your donations help Syrian children survive

I wish I had better news. This March marks the third year of the humanitarian crisis in Syria. More than 9 million people have been forced to flee their homes and over 100,000 have been killed. The number of innocent people caught in the crossfire is devastating  it is only expected to rise. 

Because of your donations to date, Mercy Corps has delivered lifesaving relief to more than 2 million refugees. Because of you, more families have food to eat, clean water to drink and warm coats to survive the cold nights.

You have given children new opportunities and a reason to believe in a brighter future. When Mercy Corps asked Briksam, a 9-year-old refugee, what makes her happy, she replied: "Because you are here. I like going to school, studying and taking tests. Being with my family." Thank you for making a difference in Briksam's life.

 

But as you know, there are still so many more people in desperate need of your ongoing help. 

The future of Syria is particularly bleak because nearly half of the refugees are children. This crisis is ripping youth from their roots; they are losing their homes, education, and childhood. Kids have witnessed some of the most horrific trauma imaginable. They need your help now to ensure they do not become a lost generation.  

Families are losing hope of ever returning home. Yet neighboring nations, including Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq, lack sufficient resources to support the constant flow of refugees into their borders  — creating new tensions and challenges. Your donations are crucial to helping Mercy Corps meet urgent needs and ensure that refugee families and host communities can thrive long-term.  

 

Watch this powerful video about the ongoing crisis and why families are counting on us. You can make a difference by: 

  • Donating to change a refugee's life today. Your generous gift could provide clean water, shelter and food. You could help a parent find work to support the family, help host countries provide sufficient housing and sanitation to their expanding populations, or give a child counseling, a safe place to play and an education. Please consider becoming a monthly donor to save even more lives. Every dollar helps. Thank you!
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You've given Briksam, 9, a reason to smile again
Give more refugee families a chance to thrive
Give more refugee families a chance to thrive

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