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 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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Jan 28, 2014

Your Donation in Action: Helping displaced families survive in South Sudan

The refugees are so thankful for your help
The refugees are so thankful for your help

Long-term disputes between South Sudan and Sudan, as well as internal political issues, led to an eruption of violent conflict in South Sudan’s capital of Juba in December 2013. The humanitarian crisis has quickly spread into neighboring areas forcing nearly half a million people to flee from their homes. As the conflict escalates, displacement camps are becoming overcrowded and people’s needs for clean water, food, health care, sanitation, shelter, and protection are increasing. 

But your donation is bringing hope and saving lives during this conflict. Nianey, 32, was among those who bravely escaped the violence with her five children. She is thankful for your assistance and told a Mercy Corps staff member: "I'm not sad, because I'm safe now."

Despite facing threats and looting, Mercy Corps teams and partners have been able to provide emergency aid and relief to thousands of people affected by this heartbreaking conflict. Your donation is being used to distribute survival kits with essential items, such as blankets, a sleeping mat, soap, cooking tools, water, a mosquito net, and clothing.  

Mary, 27, also fled the violence in Juba with her baby. She tells us that "the pack given by Mercy Corps will help my family every day. My baby is a few days old, and he'll be able to sleep on the blanket instead of the ground." Thank you for making it possible to provide more than 8,600 kits, bringing lifesaving assistance to more than 22,000 people, like Mary and Nianey. 

Mary says the kit "will help my family every day."
Mary says the kit "will help my family every day."
Nianey shares "I
Nianey shares "I'm not sad, because I'm safe now."

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Jan 28, 2014

Thank you for helping families thrive after the quake in China

The C4K program helped Gou heal from her Trauma
The C4K program helped Gou 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 once again gather to laugh, run, and play
Students once again gather to laugh, run, and play
Students process their feelings in workbooks
Students process their feelings in workbooks

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