The hunger crisis is devastating families across the Sahel, and our emergency response work in Niger -- creating income through cash-for-work projects, supporting nutritional screening centers -- is crucial to averting famine this year.
But so are long-term solutions that help people withstand the cycles of drought and hunger that plague this region.
Mercy Corps believes in helping people survive -- and thrive. In communities where we have been working since the last hunger crisis in 2010, you can see the impact in thriving vegetable gardens, full wells, healthier livestock and smiling faces.
With funding from supporters like you and the Gates Foundation, Mercy Corps has provided 370 goats as well as chickens and cattle vaccinations to vulnerable communities in the hard-hit Tillaberi region. Igue Moussa, a widow who has been living with her brothers, was provided with four chickens that Mercy Corps trained her to care for. Igue was able to buy a goat with her poultry business profits, and then sold that for a large profit, as well. "This has changed my life. I can earn money to meet my needs. I can help my children, and I am no longer dependent on my brothers' charity." With income from her chickens, Igue is even able to share food with her neighbors as they struggle to survive the desperate circumstances in Niger.
This is only one of many success stories resulting from Mercy Corps' relief work. We have started receiving national attention for our programs across the Sahel. In June, The Huffington Post published my photo essay from my recent trip to Niger, check it out to see more heartwarming images and stories from this vibrant and resilient country.
As you can see, a little help can go a long way. With your assistance, Mercy Corps is actively responding to urgent needs, and we continue to strengthen the foundation upon which families can rebuild for a better future. Thank you for your support!
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