Project #9928

Saving Lives in Niger, Mali & Sahel Region

by Mercy Corps

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:

  • We screened 19,000 children for malnutrition and identified 12,000 in need of intensive care and supplementary food.  
  • Another 6,000 boys and girls received treatment and were able to return home to fully recover.  
  • Because of these interventions, we have significantly lowered the death rate from malnutrition to almost ZERO in our nutritional recuperation centers. 

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. 

Please check out our website for more information. 

In gratitude,



Women receive their food vouchers
Women receive their food vouchers

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.

With gratitude,



Mercy Corps-sponsored well fights Niger drought
Mercy Corps-sponsored well fights Niger drought

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, and Hurricane Sandy relief in Haiti -- 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:

  • A community using the Mercy Corps-sponsored well in Niger to help with the drought and resulting hunger crisis.
  • Wiam, a seven-year-old girl living with just a suitcase and a cardboard box of belongings in the Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan.
  • 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.
  • Thirteen-year-old Donatien on his daily trek to fetch water. He and his family fled to this new village during attacks by the Lord' Resistance Army in the Central African Republic.

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

Syrian refugee 7 year old Wiam in Jordan waits
Syrian refugee 7 year old Wiam in Jordan waits
Ex-Child Soldier is now training to be an engineer
Ex-Child Soldier is now training to be an engineer



While crises were going on this year in the Sahel region, and continue even today, you have helped to save and change the lives for many men, women, children - and whole communities - in this part of 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 in Niger, Mali and the Sahel Region as well as other parts of the world:

  • In Niger, more than 23,000 people — many of them severely malnourished children — got the food they needed to survive the Sahel’s devastating drought until the next harvest.
  • In Mali, our teams helped 2,300 families survive the worst food shortage in decades. Food vouchers reached those most at-risk: families who’d fled their homes because of escalating political violence.
  • Our loans helped 193 Japanese entrepreneurs get back to business and provide jobs after their enterprises were damaged or destroyed by the 2011 tsunami.
  • In Iraq, we taught 5,500 women to read — and learn their rights in a newly democratic country.
  • We staved off malnutrition in 23,585 Guatemalan mothers and infants.

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 you, in the communities where we work in Niger, you can see the impact in thriving vegetable gardens, brimming wells, healthier livestock and smiling faces. We could not have had that positive 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!

Having hope: A farmer at a market in Niger
Having hope: A farmer at a market in Niger



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Location: Portland, OR - USA
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