Two years ago, the Horn of Africa experienced the worst drought in 60 years. There was no rainfall in southeastern Ethiopia and the land dried up across the entire region.
But today there are signs of recovery.
Pastures, previously cracked and barren, are slowly sprouting new growth and animals are grazing and growing stronger. We have been working in rural Ethiopia to make sure farmers and herding families have the resources they need to build back through their livestock, food stores and markets.
One woman, Fatumo Ahmed, relies on her camels to support her family. Camel milk, full of protein and nutrients, can last one month without refrigeration. Fatumo is able to keep her camels healthy and productive through the veterinary care and proper hygiene advice Mercy Corps provides. And with a better quality product, Fatumo can now take milk to a collection center in the village where she connects with market vendors who pay higher prices for the milk.
Because of you, Fatumo and her fellow milk producers have something to celebrate after a long hardship of drought. Listen to them singing at Mercy Corps’ local collection center last month.
Thank you for helping turn crisis into opportunity for the people of the Horn of Africa. It's ongoing support like yours that makes our work possible.
In March, we passed the two year anniversary of the devastating tsunami that rocked the Tohoku region. During that time, we reflected on the aid provided in those two years and we want to share just a few accomplishments because of you:
Live affected by the tsunami have been improved because of you. Thank you.
Though we will continue our long term efforts in the region, we will no longer be doing a project page through GlobalGiving. If you would like to still donate to the mission of Mercy Corps through GlobalGiving, we encourage you to change lives through our Help Turn Crisis Into Opportunity project. You can also continue to follow our progress in Japan and see our other programs in the country as well.
We are truly thankful for your generous contributions and for continuing to care two years after the catastrophe. You have helped the people of Japan get back on their feet quicker!
Our work in Niger is far from over. We continue to see food shortages and malnutrition that affect not only individual families and villages, but the entire country. That being said, keeping people alive remains our top priority, and our teams are dedicated to making this happen.
Thanks to you, we were able to do some incredible life-saving work in Niger:
As 2013 progresses, we will continue these successful efforts to eradicate malnutrition. Plus, because of your donation, we have been able to start a new program to address food security in Niger. We are now working in the regions of Maradi and Zinder – where malnutrition is highest for children under five, and particularly for children under age two. This program is especially important for women and girls, too. In our nutrition education classes, they learn how to diversify their food sources, and how to stay healthy during pregnancies. They also learn new ways to generate income, and diversify food production to feed their families.
Because of your contribution we are able to keep moving forward with our emergency relief and long-term programs in Niger. Your support has touched many lives and you have brought hope to one of the world's toughest places.
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