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.
Dec 30, 2013

You made change possible

Ethiopia
Ethiopia

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.

You vaccinated nearly 850,000 cattle, sheep and goats, keeping them healthy enough to provide for over 45,000 families. You made families more resilient to future droughts and gave them the tools 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 you help thrive in one of the world's toughest places - thank you.

 

In Gratitude,

Carlene Deits


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Dec 20, 2013

Be a hero to twice as many young Syrian refugees

Syrian refugee children
Syrian refugee children

A whole generation of Syrian children has been displaced by civil war. 

When it's a disaster of this scale, I know it can feel overwhelming. But you just have to be a hero for one child. One family. 

That’s what you will be when you choose to become a monthly giver on GlobalGiving. And right now is the ideal time because now until December 31st GlobalGiving is offering a 100% match of your first monthly contribution.

As the civil war in Syria reaches the third year mark, the needs of Syrian refugee families continue to increase and it will be your regular, unwavering monthly support that will get them through the hard winter months.

Just look at what a difference your gift can make for families in need — your monthly support will help:

  • Rush emergency food and warm clothes to Syrian refugee families in Jordan, so they can survive the frigid winter months
  • Distribute 10,000 fliers and educate families about the need for polio vaccinations in light of the World Health Organization confirmation of 13 cases of crippling polio in Syria
  • Expand support for Syrian refugees to Iraq where you will meet the immediate needs of 1,700 newly arrived refugees in the Kurdish Region of Iraq

You'll rush lifesaving essentials, like clean water, nutritious food and a safe place to sleep, to Syrian refugee children. And as long as you're standing with us, I'm certain we'll be able to help them get back on their feet — whatever it takes. 

On behalf of every child who is counting on us to be there, thank you so much for your support.

 

Sincerely,

Dan O’Neil 

Mercy Corps Founder

 

Today until December 31st at 11:59pm EST you can double the support being sent to Syrian refugee families. Simply click on the monthly recurring tab on the top right side of the project page when you make your contribution. You can assure that not only are the immediate needs of Syrian refugees families' needs are met, but that they are given the space to begin to heal and rebuild their lives. 

 

Arbat Camp, Kurdish region, Iraq
Arbat Camp, Kurdish region, Iraq

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Dec 20, 2013

Help twice as many young Typhoon Haiyan survivors

Danica
Danica

Since the typhoon struck, life has been a daily struggle for millions of people who have lost so much — loved ones, homes, livelihoods. And their challenges will continue for a long time to come.

Now, families must begin the long and difficult process of rebuilding, and they need your help. Will you stand with them by making a monthly pledge to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan today?

You will provide the consistent support that survivors of Typhoon Haiyan need to move beyond crises and begin rebuilding their lives. And, right now is the ideal time because now until December 31st GlobalGiving is offering a 100% match of your first monthly contribution.

Your commitment allows us to continue to help families in Palo, in Leyte province, where our team most recently traveled to deliver food, cooking supplies and hygiene kits to families struggling to recover after Typhoon Haiyan. Palo took a direct hit from the devastating storm (known locally as Yolanda) and nearly all of its 62,000 residents have been affected. Over 15,000 homes in Palo were destroyed, forcing families to find refuge in makeshift tents or crowded evacuation centers — some of which have now closed due to the damage they sustained.

Distributing Food Kits

Over 2,000 people are living in evacuation centers where food, water and supplies are scarce — not to mention the thousands more living outside. We distributed 4,000 food kits to feed 20,000 area residents. Each food kit contains rice, canned goods and instant noodles — enough to feed a family of five for up to five days.

Child-Friendly Spaces

While urgent needs must be met, children also need support to deal with their memories of the terrifying storm and sadness over what they’ve lost. The UN estimates that six million children have been affected by the disaster across the country.

We’ve opened two child-friendly spaces in Palo, where kids can regain a sense of normalcy with activities and informal education until they can return to school. Staff and local volunteers organize games, sports and counseling that help children cope with the trauma they’ve experienced. Sessions are held six days a week. Over 130 children between 3 and 14 years old visited the opening day.

One young survivor, 11-year-old Danica says, “I am glad to come here and play games. I lost all my toys in the typhoon and we don’t have anywhere we can play because the streets and houses are all gone.” Her family’s house was demolished in the storm.

Milton Pedrosa who we met along with his five-year-old daughter Aryan Mae says, “I am happy that there is somewhere my daughter can go that is safe. I am a pedicab driver so I can’t be home all the time, and my wife has to go stand in line for food distributions. For the children it is hard to be in the evacuation center all day without activities.”

A Time to Play = A Time to Heal

Your continuous support assures that young survivors like Danica and Aryan have a safe place to go while their parents start to rebuild. For many children affected by the storm, a time play is also a time for them to heal. Thank you for giving these young survivors a safe space to just be kids.

 

Sincerely,

Dan O'Neil

Mercy Corps Founder

Starting today until December 31st at 11:59pm EST you can double the support being sent to families in the Philippines. Simply click on the monthly recurring tab on the top right side of the project page when you make your donation. You will assure that the immediate as well as the long term needs of Typhoon Haiyan survivors are met and that they can begin rebuilding their lives.


Palo, Leyte province
Palo, Leyte province
Milton Pedrosa and daughter Aryan Mae
Milton Pedrosa and daughter Aryan Mae

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