Hawa and her 6-year-old daughter, Ramatou, are bracing themselves for what’s to come: the grinding pain of hunger and the weakness and vulnerability to sickness and disease that come along with it. Drought has ruined their crops. The lean season between harvests is always difficult, but the millet they rely on for nutritious porridge and pancakes barely grew last year. The family has already eaten what little they were able to salvage from the meager harvest. Many days there is only a bowl of wilted lettuce for Hawa to feed her little girl — and it will be six long months before any crops grow again. Hawa says, "Every day, we will have to just eat less if we don't find food. We are very hungry, that's why we are asking for help."
In the West African nation of Niger where they live, their situation is all too familiar. Sixty-six percent of the population faces severe food shortages. Over 13 percent of children under five are acutely malnourished. To save lives, please act now.Join us by donating today to prevent hunger from claiming countless lives — and destroying families’ hopes for a healthy future. You have already brought lifesaving relief. Thank you! Your donations have saved lives by providing stronger seeds suitable for drier conditions that yield new crops like beans and peanuts and help families eat a diverse, nutritious diet. Your support helped deliver goats that became a vital source of income and milk, and helped launch village saving and loan groups that ensured women have a financial safety net to buy the food they need. With your help, Hawa started a business selling peanut oil and has been growing her herd of goats. But now she’s worried. The persistent droughts have destroyed the crops she depends on; she has nothing to sell and little to keep her goats healthy. Not only does she wonder every minute where her daughter’s next meal will come from, but she also fears that her hard work to better their lives will be lost.
That's why Hawa and millions in Niger need help again. "If we are in good health and if we have enough to eat, then I am happy. We're very grateful to Mercy Corps. They helped us before so we could be stronger." Together, we can continue to put lifesaving resources like improved seeds and food into the hands of hardworking women like Hawa.
When you join us with a gift of $35, $75 or $150 you’ll help give families the stability they need to survive until the next harvest. Whether it’s emergency food aid to nurse a malnourished child back to health, or improved wells to help the land recover from drought — you can save lives in Niger, and everywhere that hunger plagues families on a daily basis. In times of crisis, when hunger, war and poverty threaten so many people around the world, your support couldn’t be more important.
Dan O’NeillMercy Corps Founder
I wish I had better news. This March marks the third year of the humanitarian crisis in Syria. More than 9 million people have been forced to flee their homes and over 100,000 have been killed. The number of innocent people caught in the crossfire is devastating — it is only expected to rise.
Because of your donations to date, Mercy Corps has delivered lifesaving relief to more than 2 million refugees. Because of you, more families have food to eat, clean water to drink and warm coats to survive the cold nights.
You have given children new opportunities and a reason to believe in a brighter future. When Mercy Corps asked Briksam, a 9-year-old refugee, what makes her happy, she replied: "Because you are here. I like going to school, studying and taking tests. Being with my family." Thank you for making a difference in Briksam's life.
But as you know, there are still so many more people in desperate need of your ongoing help.
The future of Syria is particularly bleak because nearly half of the refugees are children. This crisis is ripping youth from their roots; they are losing their homes, education, and childhood. Kids have witnessed some of the most horrific trauma imaginable. They need your help now to ensure they do not become a lost generation.
Families are losing hope of ever returning home. Yet neighboring nations, including Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq, lack sufficient resources to support the constant flow of refugees into their borders — creating new tensions and challenges. Your donations are crucial to helping Mercy Corps meet urgent needs and ensure that refugee families and host communities can thrive long-term.
Watch this powerful video about the ongoing crisis and why families are counting on us. You can make a difference by:
I want to share with you a miraculous story of survival.
Just hours before Typhoon Haiyan crashed into tiny Kinatarcan Island in the Philippines, 24-year-old Hazel was giving birth at the local health center. When the storm descended she knew they were in danger. She bravely forced herself from her hospital bed and ran with her newborn in her arms.
She found shelter in a house, but winds ripped the roof off as she huddled in a corner, clutching her baby. At times, she was certain they wouldn’t survive. After the storm, her husband and their 3-year-old daughter were overcome with relief when they found Hazel and the baby alive.
But the health center, their neighbors' homes, and their own home were devastated beyond recognition. Hazel remembers "when we saw it, we cried and cried.” Before the storm, her husband was a fisherman, like most people on the island. Now, even that little income is gone — because the boats were destroyed. With nowhere to go and no income, so many families, including Hazel's, were forced to live among the rubble.
But your compassionate support is lifting the spirits and improving the lives of thousands of survivors.
When Mercy Corps teams responded with lifesaving food packages and basic relief supplies, it was the first hopeful moment that Hazel had experienced in a long time. She said “my baby is very precious and this helps my baby” — nicknamed Baby Yolee after the storm (known locally as "Yolanda").
Your generosity is helping us scale up long-term recovery efforts. You're giving families clean water and food. You're helping families build safer shelters and return to work. And you're giving kids a place to play safely and heal.