I’m getting in touch with you because there has been another devastating earthquake in China. A magnitude 7.0 quake struck the Sichuan region on April 20th, and the damage has been extensive. At least 196 citizens were killed, 14,000 injured, and hundreds of thousands are now displaced.
Mercy Corps and The China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) are working to provide water, sanitation solutions and to protect children's emotional well being. Together we have already started providing water and emergency items to hard-hit villages. At the same time, we are completing more detailed assessments of displacement camps to develop locally appropriate solutions for things like clean water storage.To help the youngest victims of the earthquake recover from psychological trauma, CFPA and Mercy Corps plan to implement the signature Comfort for Kids program - developed during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake - because of you.
We know you helped in the last earthquake disaster, and we’re calling on you to support this region again. It’s people like you who help get these citizens back on their feet quicker. To make a difference for those affected in the Sichuan province, go to our Global Giving page today.
Thank you for all your contributions in 2008, and we look forward to your continued support!
This week, thanks to you, our teams in Haiti and the communities they are working with have a reason to celebrate Earth Day!
The damage done by the 2010 earthquake and the storms since then has been devastating in this region. Today, less than 2% of the land is forested and the resulting soil erosion has led to landslides, floods and crop failures. Because of these conditions, communities have struggled to make a living as they rely on the mountains and the land.
But because of your generosity, Mercy Corps has been able to establish a reforestation program to help bring these mountains back to life. We are providing farmers and community members trees to plant to aid the reconstruction process. As one Haitian woman exclaimed, "We're making the mountains the way they were before."
And now we want to share what this life-changing work looks like in this short, fun and upbeat video for you! Check out the people you are helping!
Thank you again for continuing to care about the people of Haiti.
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!