Respond to armed conflict and internal displacement by helping to protect vulnerable people and meet their basic needs for protection, water and food. Strengthen their resilience by improving access to resources, supporting economic development and promoting human rights.
The Central African Republic (CAR), one of the world's poorest countries, has been described by the United Nations High Commissioner as "the most neglected crisis in the world."
Plagued by poor governance and corruption, CAR has been trapped in a cycle of conflict and underdevelopment for years. Most Central Africans live hand to mouth and find it extremely difficult to amass assets or plan for long-term economic activities. Women are especially at high risk for gender-based violence. Basic services such as clean water, education and health care are minimal.
After a violent coup d'etat in March 2013, the humanitarian situation has deteriorated further. An absence of rule of law prevails throughout the country, and conflict has displaced hundreds of thousands of people and forced thousands more to become refugees in neighboring countries.
- Emergency response: Providing immediate assistance to displaced families and orphaned children who have fled violence
- Women & Gender: Operating five survivor support centers that offer medical care, counseling and legal services for victims of gender-based violence
- Children & Youth: Leading play therapy and child protection committees that help kids heal from traumatic violence, guard against sexual exploitation and STDs and engage youth in peacebuilding
- Economic opportunity: Training vulnerable people in income-generating activities, starting village savings and loans groups and supporting inter-communitiy economic projects
- Agriculture & Food: Working with agricultural groups to promote their access to transport, quality seeds and credit; diversifying crops to improve nutrition and improve income
- Water: Constructing wells and reservoirs that provide clean water to more than 100,000 people, and encouraging proper waste management and hygiene
- Conflict & Governance: Strengthening community organizations to monitor human rights, support the engagement of marginalized groups and train communities in managing disputes
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Central African Republic: Not to be forgotten: Helping people survive CAR crisis August 20, 2014
The crisis in CAR is one of four U.N. "Level 3" emergencies, and nearly half the country's population is struggling to survive. We're working hard to help.
Central African Republic, South Sudan: Remembering photojournalist Camille Lepage May 14, 2014
Mercy Corps' Country Director in South Sudan reflects on the life of his friend and our colleague, who was killed in the Central African Republic this week.
Central African Republic: Rainy season heightens risk of disease April 9, 2014
New photos from the Central African Republic, where we're addressing urgent water and sanitation needs for displaced families facing squalid living conditions.
Central African Republic: Distributing food, addressing sanitation needs as violence spreads January 24, 2014
The situation continues to deteriorate in CAR, where we are helping prevent the spread of disease and rushing supplies to families uprooted by fighting.
Central African Republic: Emergency response focused on protection and hygiene January 9, 2014
Over 500,000 people have fled their homes in the last month, seeking safety from increasingly sectarian violence centered in the capital of Bangui.
Central African Republic: Increased violence and displacement put millions at risk, raise international concerns November 1, 2013
A recent meeting of UN and NGO emergency directors highlighted the country's profound humanitarian crisis that cannot be ignored.
Central African Republic: How we're working through continued insecurity July 5, 2013
In a Q & A with Program Coordinator Whitney Elmer, learn how we’re adapting to a new, challenging environment to help families in post-coup CAR.
Central African Republic: Staff returns to restart programs after rebel coup April 8, 2013
Ready to get back to work and help families in the wake of political chaos, our staff shares what it's like on the ground in the troubled Central African Republic.
Central African Republic: A Girl Can: Alphonsine's Story March 8, 2013
Mercy Corps helps girls like Alphonsine heal from violence in the Central African Republic, stay in school and make choices that keep them safe. See what a girl can do.
Central African Republic: Conflict continues to destabilize forgotten corner of Africa February 28, 2013
After a short period of fragile peace, this week armed opposition groups in the Central African Republic are threatening to take up an offensive once again.