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 19, 2014

In Their Words: Stories of Young Syrian Refugees

Falak, 15, from Homs, Syria.
Falak, 15, from Homs, Syria.

The numbers are staggering. More than one million Syrian children have been forced to flee their war-torn country. Of these young refugees, one in every three is between the ages of 12 and 18.

This is the generation that will be tasked with rebuilding Syria. And yet, according to UNICEF, 68 percent of young refugees are not able to attend school due to social, legal or economic barriers. Because of this, they are consistently missing out on critical life milestones like building social skills, developing confidence and getting an education.

Young refugees need your help now to ensure they do not become a lost generation.  

Because of your donations to date, Mercy Corps has delivered lifesaving relief to more than 2.5 million refugees. Because of you, more families have food to eat, clean water to drink and a place to sleep at night. And because of you, young refugees have access to safe spaces and important activities to help them process and heal from the trauma they have experienced.

Right now, Mercy Corps is working with young refugees to engage them in community projects and creative activities that allow them to express themselves and develop positive life skills. Helping long-term refugees move forward with their lives requires long-term thinking. In addition to responding to urgent needs, we are focused on helping this generation of young people recover from trauma and look towards a productive future.

Watch these powerful videos made by four young refugees living in central Lebanon. Hear their stories, in their own words – stories of fleeing their homes in search of safety and their hopes for the future. You can continue to make a difference by:

  • Donating to change a refugee's life today. Your generous gift helps more children get the resources and protection they need to survive this crisis and have hope for the future. Please consider becoming a monthly donor to save even more lives. Every dollar helps. Thank you!
Noor, 7, from Aleppo, Syria.
Noor, 7, from Aleppo, Syria.
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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