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.
Jun 12, 2012

On the ground in Sichuan Province

Dear Supporters,

Mercy Corps has deployed two staff members from our Beijing office to earthquake-affected areas of Sichuan Province. Working alongside our longtime local partner China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA), we are procuring critical supplies such as food, water, clothing and shelter supplies to rush to affected families.

"CFPA wants to work hand-in-hand with Mercy Corps," explained Kate Janis, Mercy Corps' Senior Program Officer, currently on the ground in Sichuan's capital, Chengdu. "They want to have us alongside them all the way."

Today Janis and another team member are accompanying CFPA emergency workers to Chongqing, a city severely affected by the earthquake, to set up a temporary relief office from which they will coordinate efforts.

We will keep you updated as our response continues reaching survivors and families affected by Monday's earthquake.

Sincerely, Roger Burks

Jun 12, 2012

Mercy Corps Fact Sheet on Japan March 16, 2011

Map showing the routes of aid reaching Kesemmuma
Map showing the routes of aid reaching Kesemmuma

From Randy Martin, Director, Global Emergency Operations, Mercy Corps:

I'm on my way to Japan to support the emergency relief efforts of our partner, Peace Winds. But I wanted to take a moment to say thank you.

Thank you for what you're doing to help people affected by this terrible tragedy. Your contribution is helping get vital supplies into the hands of families made homeless by last Friday's massive earthquake and tsunami.

Peace Winds has been delivering relief supplies to evacuated families in the tsunami-devastated city of Kesennuma. They've sent large shelters, dozens of tents, tarps, blankets and food including bread, instant rice, apples and oranges.

I've worked side by side with Peace Winds' relief teams, including after the massive 2003 earthquake in Bam, Iran. They are as experienced and effective as any aid group I've encountered.

I'll be supporting Peace Winds' efforts in whatever way I can, and paving the way for additional Mercy Corps emergency responders to bolster relief efforts.

Again, on behalf of Mercy Corps, Peace Winds and the families you are helping, thank you for your generosity.

Sincerely,

Randy Martin


Randy Martin
Director, Global Emergency Operations

Jun 12, 2012

Lifesaving relief & long-term assistance for Haiti

Building a brighter future in Haiti
Building a brighter future in Haiti

Because of your support and donation, since the earthquake disrupted life in Haiti more than two years ago, Mercy Corps has been able to provide:

  • Clean water to more than 429,000 people
  • Lifesaving cholera prevention and treatment informaiton to 500,000 in high-risk rural areas. We have also delivered water treatement tablets, oral rehydration salts and soap to 99,000 families. 
  • More than 315 tons of food to injured survivors and people in need. 
  • Our cash-for-work program, which has benefited more than 172,000 survivors. 
  • Emotional support to 90,000 children still recovering from their trauma.

In the days, weeks and months ahead, because of your support, Mercy Corps will continue our critical relief efforts, with a focus on improving lives for the long term. Because of your donation and future funds, Mercy Corps will work towards creating access to clean, safe drinking water . . . launching job training programs to help students and adults prepare for the future . . . and helping young children regain the childhood they lost. 

Mercy Corps has a long history of providing emergency assistance. We've been working in countries devastated by natural disasters, droughts, war, civil strife, and extreme poverty for more than 30 years. We're amoung the first organizations on the ground when disaster strikes, and we're one of the last to leave. 

That is why we are responding to the food-shortages in Niger. Our teams are working on expanding desperately needed cash distribution to hungry families in Agadez, the largest city in northern Niger, as the country's food crisis deepens. The funds we raise through GlobalGiving would allow people to purchase food and help strengthen the market through the summer, Niger’s traditional lean season. If you would like to help those men, women and children in need, go to Mercy Corps' Responding to Urgent Needs in Niger & Sahel Region project and donate today.

Starting June 13, at 12:01 am EST, GlobalGiving is sponsoring a special “Bonus Day,” where every donation you make to Mercy Corps' Responding to Urgent Needs in Niger & Sahel Region project or Mercy Corps' Relief And Recovery For Haiti Earthquake Survivor project will be matched by a certain percent—greatly increasing the impact of your generous donations! Any gift on any day helps families in Niger get the food they need to survive - and thrive and any gift to Haiti will continue to help rebuild the lives of those still struggling.

Providing loans and training to business people
Providing loans and training to business people
Programs by Mercy Corps to remind kids to be kids
Programs by Mercy Corps to remind kids to be kids

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