Help Mercy Corps Turn Crisis Into Opportunity

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.


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."


Dec 30, 2013

Moving Beyond Crisis: Your 2013 Accomplishments


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!



Dan O'Neill



Nov 27, 2013

Thank you, from the Philippines

Mothers receive food, water and blankets
Mothers receive food, water and blankets

"We are relying on the kind people who have given food to us on the island. Without these donations we would have nothing to eat. Thank you for coming to us… We are just trying to survive here."

Hani Pinton, mother of two

On remote Kinatarcan Island, devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, families had been waiting days for help to arrive. In the aftermath of the historic storm, there's no potable waterno electricity, and 75% of homes are critically damaged or completely destroyed

But because of your past support to this project, Mercy Corps was able to mobilize quickly and our emergency response team was the first to reach this isolated island. Your generosity made it possible for us to distribute essential food packages to residents in the fishing village of Barangay Langub. Because of you, mothers of newborn babies were given towels and blankets. Because of you, children now have safe water to drink. 

See firsthand how your donation is making a difference for thousands of Typhoon Haiyan survivors in this short video.

Watch your thank you video!

Mercy Corps' team of seasoned emergency responders is focused on identifying gaps in assistance and reaching survivors in remote locations who have yet to receive critical help. While we address the immediate humanitarian needs, we are also working to help families begin rebuilding for the long term. 

None of this would be possible without your generous support. 

On behalf of families in the Philippines and around the world, thank you for being there

If you'd like donate directly to our GlobalGiving Philippines project page or learn more about our progress with improving lives, click here


Dan O’Neill
Mercy Corps Founder 

Barangay, Langub
Barangay, Langub
Food relief for mothers and young children
Food relief for mothers and young children


Nov 1, 2013

Thank you!

Young Syrian refugees
Young Syrian refugees

Thank you for your support. Because you have put your caring into action, we are able to make a positive impact on families' lives around the world; from protecting refugee children in Lebanon and Jordan to helping thousands survive a hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa. To show our appreciation, we'd like to share a video depicting the incredible work you accomplish with your contribution.

See it here!

Together, we help people turn the crises they confront into the opportunities they deserve.

On behalf of the families you help around the world - thank you.

In gratitude,

Carlene Deits

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Portland, OR, United States

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Carlene Deits

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