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 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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Feb 19, 2014

Rebuilding for Baby Yolee

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You've given Hazel and her family a reason to hope

I want to share with you a miraculous story of survival. 

Just hours before Typhoon Haiyan crashed into tiny Kinatarcan Island in the Philippines, 24-year-old Hazel was giving birth at the local health center. When the storm descended she knew they were in danger. She bravely forced herself from her hospital bed and ran with her newborn in her arms. 

She found shelter in a house, but winds ripped the roof off as she huddled in a corner, clutching her baby. At times, she was certain they wouldn’t survive. After the storm, her husband and their 3-year-old daughter were overcome with relief when they found Hazel and the baby alive.

But the health center, their neighbors' homes, and their own home were devastated beyond recognition. Hazel remembers "when we saw it, we cried and cried.” Before the storm, her husband was a fisherman, like most people on the island. Now, even that little income is gone — because the boats were destroyed. With nowhere to go and no income, so many families, including Hazel's, were forced to live among the rubble. 

But your compassionate support is lifting the spirits and improving the lives of thousands of survivors. 

When Mercy Corps teams responded with lifesaving food packages and basic relief supplies, it was the first hopeful moment that Hazel had experienced in a long time. She said “my baby is very precious and this helps my baby” — nicknamed Baby Yolee after the storm (known locally as "Yolanda").  

Your generosity is helping us scale up long-term recovery efforts. You're giving families clean water and food. You're helping families build safer shelters and return to work. And you're giving kids a place to play safely and heal. 

There is still so much work to do and so many other families in need of urgent help. You can help more mothers, fathers, and children recover by sending your generous gift through our GlobalGiving Philippines page hereThank you for changing the lives of so many resilient survivors. 
Thank you for helping communities recover
Thank you for helping communities recover
Because of you, families can build safer shelters
Because of you, families can build safer shelters

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Jan 29, 2014

Thank you for transforming the lives of Haiti disaster survivors

Haitian women are running successful businesses
Haitian women are running successful businesses

The January 2010 earthquake, the subsequent storms, and harmful agricultural and environmental practices took a great toll on the people of Haiti, particularly the poorest and most vulnerable populations. With 55 percent of the country living on less than $1 a day, hundreds of thousands of families were in need of aid. But because of you, we have helped nearly half a million families transform their lives and thrive. Our project in Haiti received tremendous support from donors like you and is fully funded at this time. Thank you!

Together, we have:

  • Provided more than 1 million people with emergency supplies, clean water, cholera prevention and temporary jobs
  • Spurred economic opportunity by giving Haitian women the tools they need to start successful businesses to support their families
  • Helped local farmers prosper, protected the land from soil erosion, and increased crop productivity and food security through our reforestation and soil conservation programs
  • Protected roadways to secure access to local markets
  • Reopened businesses and schools
  • Helped more than 100,000 children recover from the traumas through soccer programs that teach leadership, gender awareness, conflict resolution skills, and HIV/AIDS prevention education

Because of your loyal support, the people are recovering from these devastating shocks and are better equipped with the tools they need to continue building stronger communities into the future. Thank you! 

If you'd like to continue learning about or supporting our work of turning crisis into opportunity, please check out our other projects here

 

With gratitude,

 

Carlene Deits

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You've helped reopen businesses and schools
Youth are recovering through fun soccer programs
Youth are recovering through fun soccer programs

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