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.
Jan 28, 2014

Thank you for helping families thrive after the quake in China

The C4K program helped Guo heal from her trauma
The C4K program helped Guo heal from her trauma

The magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck Ya'an prefecture in central China in April devastated homes, infrastructure, and water systems in three impoverished counties. Over 200 people were killed and more than 2 million were in need of relief. Your support made all the difference, thank you. This project has been fully-funded and we are glad to report that the Mercy Corps’ emergency response team and our partners used your donation to provide lifesaving aid to survivors, including water, food, and hygiene kits, and to establish programs for long-term recovery that are helping these communities flourish.

Our signature Comfort for Kids program (C4K) was critical to helping children recover from the trauma. Children who are not properly supported after traumatic events are at risk for lifelong consequences, which can undermine their place as productive members in their communities. Because of you, approximately 6,000 children processed their trauma through creative, art-based workbook activities. They experienced improvements in their academic performance, concentration, independence, and participation in civil society. 

Meet 7-year old Gou, who saw her home collapse in the middle of the night. After the quake, she had horrible nightmares, experienced emotional problems, and would disrupt class. After two months of using her C4K workbook, her nightmares diminished, she became happier, and was one of the most active classroom participants. She says: “In the pictures I drew of the panda and the sun,” she said, “I can feel the lovely warmth.” 

We also delivered basic supplies, including furniture, books, technology, toys, and art supplies, to help the children return to learning and playing. To promote safety in this earthquake-prone area, we trained staff on early education techniques, classroom management, emergency preparedness and evacuation plans, and first aid. Xubin, a teacher, comments: “My colleagues have also expressed to me that in helping their students face the difficulties of dealing with this loss, they too have worked through a great deal of their own trauma. I feel that our teacher and students grow up spiritually and their student-teacher relationship is strengthened.” 

We couldn't have done this work without you. Thank you for donating to help the earthquake survivors in China. The communities of Ya'an prefecture are now on their way to long-term recovery. 

Students express their feelings in workbooks
Students express their feelings in workbooks
Students once again gather to laugh, run, and play
Students once again gather to laugh, run, and play

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Dec 30, 2013

You made change possible

Niger
Niger

2013 - What a year it has been!

As the year comes to a close, it is important to acknowledge the amazing work that you have accomplished in one of the world’s toughest places.

Because of you, more than 176,000 people got the resources they needed to keep their livestock healthy, protect their harvests and feed their families during ongoing food shortages in the Sahel. You made families more resilient to future droughts and gave them the tools and farming strategies that will help them weather erratic rainfall. 

And it is not too late to make more of an impact in 2013. You help women and children become less vulnerable to unpredictable weather and help improve the health of their livestock, to ensure they have the means to support themselves in the long-term.

On behalf of the families who you help thrive in one of the world’s toughest places - thank you.

 

In Gratitude,

Carlene Deits

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Dec 30, 2013

Moving Beyond Crisis: Your 2013 Accomplishments

Philippines
Philippines

2013 - What a year it has been!

Together we saved and improved 19 million lives in some of the world’s toughest places.

Like other years, 2013 held daunting global challenges — war in Syria, devastating natural disasters in the Philippines and China, hunger in West Africa. But your belief in a better world makes profound change happen each day, one person at a time.

As we close 2013, it’s important to recognize how much progress you’ve made to help families move beyond crisis.  Even more can be done in the new year with you standing by us.

Because of you:

  • In the immediate aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, more than 28,000 survivors in the PHILIPPINES received lifesaving water, food and supplies.
  • 83,200 children who fled the war in Syria rediscovered their sense of safety and joy at our three playgrounds and 10 child-friendly spaces in JORDAN’s refugee camps.
  • In ETHIOPIA, in the face of unpredictable droughts, our teams vaccinated nearly 850,000 cattle, sheep and goats, keeping them healthy enough to provide for over 45,000 families

These are just some of your accomplishments. 

And it is not too late to make a difference in 2013. You can still save and improve the lives of families in some of the world's toughest places with your end of year contribution. You help families move beyond the crisis they confront and empower them to begin rebuilding their lives and homes while resurrecting their communities.

On behalf of the millions of lives you’ve touched this year - thank you for turning your compassion into action!

 

Sincerely,

Dan O'Neill


Jordan
Jordan
Ethiopia
Ethiopia

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