Help Mercy Corps Turn Crisis Into Opportunity

Mar 27, 2013

See what a girl can do!

If you're a girl in many parts of the world, the odds are stacked against you.

  • In sub-Saharan Africa, there is only a 20% chance that girls will study past elementary school. 
  • Girls in Afghanistan face some of the most severe repression anywhere in the world. They are denied education, the opportunity to support themselves, and even the freedom to leave their homes. 
  • Fighting in the Central African Republic has left many girls orphaned or separated from their parents.

But these odds can change.

Mercy Corps has a mission to educate and empower girls to end poverty in places like Afghanistan, Ethiopia and the Central African Republic.

Here's a snapshot of what we've been able to accomplish:

  • In a dusty provincial capital that was once a Taliban stronghold, thousands of girls are stepping outside to learn job skills for the first time at a vocational school run by Mercy Corps.
  • Scholarships provided by Mercy Corps have given girls in Ethiopia the chance to complete high school — and spread the power of their education through their family, community and country.
  • Mercy Corps helps girls in conflict-ridden Central African Republic heal from violence, stay in school and make choices that keep them safe.

When we invest in a girl through education, we give her a chance to succeed. And we set in motion a change that lasts for generations. Thanks to your support, we are providing opportunity and hope to these girls!

See more of what a girl can do today. 

With gratitude,

Carlene Deits



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Mercy Corps

Portland, OR, United States

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Carlene Deits

Portland, Oregon United States

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