More than a year has passed since we began our work in northern Mali, a region continuing to grapple with severe drought, conflict, and political crisis. Because of your generosity, Mercy Corps has been able to remain in the country and provide those affected with vouchers for food and other basic provisions. These vouchers allow these women to buy the food they need most from the local market.
We have also been able to expand our operations in the country and help feed more than 18,000 people by providing vouchers for food and other provisions - covering up to 50% of a family's basic needs for one month.
Looking ahead, Mercy Corps is gearing up for the rainy season and the potential for cholera, which hit the region hard last year. The next round of vouchers given will include a portion designated to hygiene and water purification goods only. We are also training households on good hygiene practices and helping the women and youth who transport the water learn how to properly clean their equipment.
With your support, we have been able to provide hope to the families and communities devastated this past year. But Mercy Corps is also committed to long term solutions, and is implementing an innovative agricultural program for these communities. This will ensure that families gain resiliency and never have to worry about a food crisis again.
As we move forward in this year, I will continue to send you updates on both our food voucher program and our long term plans for the Sahel region. Thank you for your support that enables us to help these families.
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