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.
May 19, 2014

Do you know what "daghang salamat" means?

Devastation from Typhoon Haiyan
Devastation from Typhoon Haiyan

In the six months since the devastating storm tore through the Philippines, your generosity has helped more than 140,000 people survive the chaos of disaster and begin putting their lives back together. 

Thanks to you, families in the hardest-hit areas received: 

•  Food, clean water and hygiene supplies immediately after the storm

•  Safe spaces for their children to recover from trauma

•  Tools, materials and financial assistance to help survivors rebuild homes and businesses

Today, because of your support, children are sleeping under new roofs. Fishermen are repairing their boats. Parents are reopening their family businesses. 

We know recovery from a disaster of this scale takes time. In the aftermath of a crisis there is an opportunity to build back better. That’s why, with your support, we’re working to improve access to clean water and mobile banking in underserved Filipino communities. We’re focused on ensuring thousands of vulnerable families have what they need to rebuild now and meet their needs for years to come. See photos  

The courage and determination of the Filipino people to move forward is extraordinary. And your kindness in their moment of greatest need is a source of great hope for the future. As Anna says, our work would not be possible without you.

Daghang salamat. Thank you.

Typhoon Haiyan survivor
Typhoon Haiyan survivor
Child friendly spaces in the Philippines
Child friendly spaces in the Philippines
Businesses reopen in the Philippines
Businesses reopen in the Philippines
Financial services offered by Mercy Corps
Financial services offered by Mercy Corps

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Apr 16, 2014

You're Helping Ayesha and Her Family Overcome Hunger

You compassion helps families fight hunger.
You compassion helps families fight hunger.

Ayesha’s husband died 10 years ago. As a widow and mother of nine, Ayesha struggled to provide for her family. “After my husband’s death I didn’t see any hope for the future because I was alone and carrying the responsibility of the children,” she told us.

Ayesha, her son and eight daughters live in a two-room home in the highlands of southwestern Yemen. When we met Ayesha, poverty was rampant in her village, and job opportunities were few.

She earned a small amount by selling firewood she collected during twice-daily trips to the valley, but it was not enough to feed her family. Five of Ayesha’s children had to drop out of school; they scavenged for firewood, peppers — anything they could sell for a small income. Still, at times, the family went hungry.

Families in Crisis: Their story is all too common. More than 40% of Yemen’s population is food insecure — that’s 10.5 million people who don’t have enough food.

Political instability, endemic poverty and high unemployment are just a few reasons Yemen is one of the hungriest countries in the world. Continued tensions are putting the population on the brink of an emergency situation.

Help Families Thrive: When you donate to Mercy Corps you make it possible to deliver emergency food and supplies, and help families and communities become more resilient to crises long-term.

In Yemen, compassionate supporters like you are helping people like Ayesha fight poverty. Now that Mercy Corps has helped me I don’t feel that feeling of insecurity,” she explained. “I try to work, but if there is a gap, Mercy Corps helps.” You made this happen by providing food, clean water, education, infrastructure, jobs and training.  

You also help youth develop job skills or attend school. “The most important thing to me is education,” Naserah, (Ayesha's daughter) told us. Because of you, Ayesha's children have returned to school.   

But so many families are still hungry. And so many kids are deprived of the opportunity to learn, which threatens the future of these regions. We have the chance to help them. Will you donate today to help another family in need?  

When you donate $30, you'll receive a free thank you gift: a beautiful, handcrafted frame (frames are limited!). Here are examples of how your gift can make a difference for families:

  • $30 can help a family of four in Yemen purchase lifesaving food items.
  • $30 can provide workbooks for a class of 12 children in Lebanon.  
  • $30 can provide shelter to protect Syrian refugees in Iraq from the winter cold and summer heat.

Change is not possible without you. Thank you for being a partner in this life-changing work. 

PS: If you would like to receive a free frame with your gift, click this link. Or, if you visit the main project page, be sure to click "Add to Cart" under the "Gifts for Good" section to get your frame. 

You can help more children go to school today.
You can help more children go to school today.

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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! 

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

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