Breast Feeding Saves Lives

by Mercy Corps

With your support, Mercy Corps has been able to promote maternal health and breast feeding to women and communities in Indonesia since 2007. We implemented programs for mothers and their families that include both educational and emotional resources.

For example, our Healthy Start program has trained hundreds of local health officials and midwives on the importance of the practice of breast feeding, and brought thousands of women together to encourage and support each other. 

Though we will continue our work with these mothers in Jakarta and rural areas of Indonesia, we will no longer be doing a project page on Global Giving. You can continue to track our progress and see what we have accomplished in Indonesia, as well as check out our other work around the world. Thank you so much for all that you've contributed to Mercy Corps' efforts to expand these programs and save lives. 

To continue to donate to the mission of Mercy Corps on Global Giving, come visit our Turning Crisis Into Opportunity project.

Again, we truly appreciate your support to these mothers and their families!

With gratitude,

Carlene Deits


Women being trained to mediate land conflicts
Women being trained to mediate land conflicts

As we ring in the New Year, we spend time reviewing what has been done in 2012. Because of you, we at Mercy Corps were able to do some real life-changing work this year!

You are the reason we were able to provide emergency food in the Sahel region, vocational training in Afghanistan, Hurricane Sandy relief in Haiti, and increase the number of women exclusively breast feeding in one community where Mercy Corps worked in Indonesia by 300% -- among our many other projects and programs around the world. Thank you.

We like to see the people you impacted, and I bet you do too. Over 17,000 photos were collected this year, and we would like to share some of them with you!

Check out our slide show of the ten best images from 2012 and witness photos of:

  • Mercy Corps training women to mediate land conflict in Guatemala. 
  • A young woman in South Sudan where Mercy Corps helps local business owners open shops and farmers develop better techniques to support themselves and strengthen the local economy, and build new safe learning spaces, provide educational materials, and provide clean water and hygiene lessons to 12,000 children.
  • A community using the Mercy Corps-sponsored well in Niger to help with the drought and resulting hunger crisis.
  • Jhon during his training as a mechanical engineer in our rehabilitation program in Colombia. Jhon escaped life as a child soldier with the FARC militants.

And many others!

These images capture the resilient and strong-willed spirit of those we work with, but there is still so much to be done.

As you consider your end-of-year giving, I encourage you to donate to a Mercy Corps project through Global Giving. Choose this one or pick a different project to make a lifesaving difference for families in need:

With you, in 2013, we will continue to make it a brighter, healthier year for families in the world’s most desperate places. With your support, we can make it happen - together!

In gratitude,

Carlene Deits

A young woman in South Sudan
A young woman in South Sudan
Mercy Corps-sponsored well fights Niger drought
Mercy Corps-sponsored well fights Niger drought



While crises were happening throughout the year, and continue even today, you have helped to save and change the lives for many men, women, children - and whole communities - around the world.

Because of your compassion and generosity we were able to achieve so much in 2012. You made change possible!

The accomplishments shared below are a testament to the more than 70,000 donors (including you!) who’ve made this work possible. Because of you this is what we were able to do:

  • We staved off malnutrition in 23,585 Guatemalan mothers and infants.
  • In Yemen, food distributions are helping the most vulnerable — 50,000 single mothers, pregnant and nursing women, and children under five — survive since political uprisings interrupted imports and basic services.
  • In Iraq, we taught 5,500 women to read — and learn their rights in a newly democratic country.
  • Our teams in Mali helped 2,300 families survive the worst food shortage in decades.
  • In the new nation of South Sudan, school supplies and newly constructed classrooms are helping 13,969 children continue their education.
  • In Afghanistan, 2,000 women graduated from our job training classes.

To show our appreciation, we have put together a slideshow to share how much we were able to accomplish because of your contribution. Check out how you have changed and transformed lives!

And if you haven't received a free 2013 Mercy Corps calendar we still have some left! Just e-mail your address to and we will happily send you one!

On behalf of the millions of people our work has touched this year, thank you!

In gratitude,

Carlene Deits



Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps' 2013 Calendar

Thank you for your support. Because you have put your caring into action to Mercy Corps through GlobalGiving, we are able to make a positive impact on lives throughout the world. To show our appreciation, we'd like to give you a Mercy Corps calendar as a thank you and daily reminder of how you are changing lives!

Because of youon the tiny Indonesian island of Buru, the rate of both early initiation and exclusive breastfeeding nearly tripled, to 8 percent and 5.5 percent, respectively, in the first year Mercy Corps was there in 2011 - from the initial breastfeeding rate of 2 percent. The first quarter of 2012 demonstrated an even greater improvement – early breastfeeding followed 72 percent of all live births, and 15.5 percent of all women were exclusively breastfeeding for six months after the birth or more. We could not have had that impact without you!

To receive your free 2013 Mercy Corps wall calendar, please send an email to with your mailing address! Your address will not be used for any other purpose than mailing you this calendar.

If you are a resident of the Portland, Oregon metro area, please keep in mind that Mercy Corps has several upcoming free events that we would love for you to attend. Tuesday evening on October 30th, we have team members share their stories from the field of how positive changes are being made. Please click here for details of this and other upcoming events and exhibits. If you'd like to attend or receive a monthly email of these events, let us know!

As the end of 2012 quickly approaches, thank you in advance for keeping Mercy Corps in mind as a donation option to change additional lives for the better.

Again, thank you!

Midwives like Rina Ardina partner with Mercy Corps
Midwives like Rina Ardina partner with Mercy Corps


From Poverty, to Goats, to Profits
From Poverty, to Goats, to Profits

We want to thank you again for supporting our Breastfeeding & Maternal Health Program, and would like to take this opportunity to share with you what else Mercy Corps is doing on GlobalGiving...

We submitted three breathtaking photos from the field to GlobalGiving's annual photo contest, and two were chosen as finalists! Help us win $1,000 for our work simply by casting your vote by August 15th!

Just by clicking a button, you can help make a difference in the lives of others. It’s incredible how an action so small can have such a big impact.

Voting is easy - vote once for both of these inspiring photos by entering your email address. Then, check your inbox for the confirmation email from GlobalGiving. Only upon confirmation will your vote be counted.

The photo with the most votes by noon EDT on August 15th wins, so vote now!

Don’t forget to share that you’ve voted to help Mercy Corps on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. Help us spread the word! 

Without people like you we would not have these heartwarming stories to share. Thank you so much for your continued support. 


The photo above shows Santou Hamidou rejoicing in Niger. She received two goats from Mercy Corps in December 2011, and now she can breed them. She’s been feeding her family with milk from the goats, and by selling the kids, she can buy more food for her six children. The hunger crisis across the region is worsening, but she has the means to lead her family through this hardship. Santou’s smile makes it clear: a little help can go a long way. 

Vote for the photo of Santou Hamidou with her new goat!

Afghanistan is one of the world's toughest places to be a woman. Conflict and cultural repression have denied them education, careers, safety and equal rights. But Mercy Corps’ INVEST vocational training center in the Helmand province has enrolled more than 900 women who are learning English, computers, sewing, embroidery and calligraphy. The photo below shows one of these resilient women. 

Vote for the photo of the woman with the sewing machine! 

"Education Against All Odds"
"Education Against All Odds"



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Location: Portland, OR - USA
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Project Leader:
Carlene Deits
Portland, OR United States

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