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    Sumaya Agha/Mercy Corps  </span>
    SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS: Syria's entrenched civil war has forced millions to flee the country in search of refuge — over half of them children. We're meeting the needs of two million refugees and their host community members in Jordan, Turkey and Iraq, including increasing access to clean water and providing safe spaces for kids to learn and heal. Photo: Sumaya Agha/Mercy Corps
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    Miguel Samper for Mercy Corps  </span>
    EMERGENCY RESPONSE: After Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the Philippines in November 2013, we distributed lifesaving food, water and supplies in remote communities. We continue helping families recover economically and rebuild their homes. Photo: Miguel Samper for Mercy Corps
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    Toni Greaves for Mercy Corps  </span>
    ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY: Women in Afghanistan have endured severe repression. Our vocational school in Helmand is the first to enroll women in the region, teaching job skills like tailoring, embroidery, English and IT. Photo: Toni Greaves for Mercy Corps
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    Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps  </span>
    FOOD SECURITY: Families in Mali and Niger face hunger and malnutrition as drought increasingly plagues the Sahel region of West Africa. We provide them with the resources they need to keep their livestock healthy, protect their harvests and feed their children during ongoing food shortages. Photo: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps
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    Kyla Yeoman/Mercy Corps  </span>
    INNOVATIONS: We're using mobile technology to give small farmers in rural Indonesia, Uganda and Zimbabwe access to tips, information and financial services that help them increase their productivity and earn more from their harvests. Photo: Kyla Yeoman/Mercy Corps

We believe

  • Communities are the best agents of their own change.
  • Local markets are the best engines of sustainable recovery.
  • Success is built on the foundation of good governance.

Our strategy for change

  • Focus on places in transition, where conflict, disaster, political upheaval or economic collapse present opportunities to challenge the status quo and build more secure, productive and just communities.
  • Provide emergency relief in times of crisis, then move quickly to help communities recover and build resilience to future shocks.
  • Promote sustainable change by supporting initiatives that are community-led, market-driven and promote good governance.
  • Seek innovation that creates major breakthroughs against poverty and lasting change in the places we work.

Learn more about our guiding philosophy in our Vision for Change ▸

Read about our vision, challenges and goals for this fiscal year in the 2015 Strategic Roadmap ▸

Where we work