In January, days of non-stop rains pounded Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, and brought the city to a halt. Businesses shut down and thousands of residents were forced to flee their homes in hopes of finding safety from the flooding.
With your generous support, Mercy Corps was able to be there right when disaster struck. Immediately, we distributed 1,000 tarps to assist with shelter and 1,000 jerry cans for families to store clean water. Since then, over 2,000 hygiene and cleaning kits have been given to families affected as well. We are happy to report most people have now returned to their homes and are in the rebuilding phase.
Though we will continue to provide assistance to those affected by the flooding, 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 check out our Help Turn Crisis Into Opportunity project. You can also continue to follow our progress in Indonesia and see our other programs in the country as well.
We are truly thankful for your generous contribution and for helping the people of Jakarta get back on their feet quickly!
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.
Since building a reservoir in the Ethiopian village of Dudmaygag, lives like 18-year-old Anab’s have changed drastically.
Previously, Anab had to walk more than two days to reach a water source. She would bring her family's animals with her, walking in simple sandals on sandy paths studded with rocks to fill jerry cans and bring the much needed water home for cooking, washing and drinking.
In the middle of the worst drought in 60 years, fetching water was her most important task. But since - because of you - Mercy Corps built a reservoir near her village, getting clean water is not such a chore. Anab now fetches water several times a week and even sometimes daily.
Anab continues to care for her family, but now she has also become an advocate to get more reservoirs in her village and the surrounding ones as, because of lack of rain and increased use as people find out about the reservoir, the water can get depleted rapidly in a month. But even with the lack of water, the atmosphere around the reservoir remains one of extreme support for one another mixed with deep appreciation of what has been done for them.
Because of your generosity, Anab, and many others in the community, are now able to focus on other aspects of life besides fetching water.
Thank you for continuing to care about the people like Anab in the Horn of Africa!