War tears at every fiber of society, but conflict doesn't have to be violent to harm communities. Mercy Corps works to help families rebuild after the destruction of war and engages citizens to find mutually beneficial solutions for change.
Especially in post-conflict settings, we facilitate collaboration between government officials and the people they serve, leading to more accountable and productive leadership. Addressing the root causes of conflict today can help avoid tomorrow's wars and other crises.
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Colombia: Helping Colombia's landmine survivors regain their dignity September 9, 2010
Wedged in a middle seat on a packed Avianca airliner, high over the Colombian Andes, I received a world-class education in treating landmine survivors.
Ethiopia: What’s beyond Paradise September 8, 2010
Kyrgyzstan: The laughter of a child September 7, 2010
When I was briefed at Mercy Corps headquarters just before leaving for Osh this time, a field veteran mentioned an important security indicator to watch for when entering a conflict zone: the presence of children.
Kyrgyzstan: VIDEO: But you don't have to take MY word for it! August 11, 2010
The decision process that goes into making a charitable contribution is different for each person. Still, most responsible donors have one thing in common — they want to know that their money is being used to help the intended recipients and that the programs being provided are beneficial.
Uganda: In northern Uganda, hope springs eternal August 4, 2010
As the brutal twenty-year civil war in Uganda has unofficially ended, many non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have exited Pader — a district in the country’s northern Acholiland — which was for many years at the epicenter of atrocities committed by the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).
Kyrgyzstan: A day spent assessing the damage in Osh August 1, 2010
I was feeling the heat by mid-morning in Osh, Kyrgyzstan’s second largest city. I took refuge from the sun under a slice of metal roofing. Less than a minute passed before a firm grip on my forearm gently escorted me away from my prized spot of shade.
Kyrgyzstan: VIDEO: Bleeding hearts and pragmatic minds July 30, 2010
Ainash Mamatova and her husband had just finished remodeling their home earlier this year; it had taken them many years to save up enough money to do this. Ainash had worked at the bazaar for 16 years, mainly selling shoes.
Uganda: After the bombings in Kampala, learning from survival July 21, 2010
When I prepared to come to Uganda this summer to do a peacebuilding evaluation with Mercy Corps, I prepared for danger. I was going to the northeastern region of Karamoja, where armed warriors raid cattle and ambush vehicles in a conflict punctuated by extreme poverty and marginalization.
Kyrgyzstan: A fund in Kyrgyzstan to rebuild micro-enterprises July 15, 2010
In a quiet Osh neighborhood there stands a torched shop with no roof. The hot afternoon sun shines over what little remains of Nadira Abdusatarova’s once-thriving seamstress business.
Kyrgyzstan: There vs. Here July 10, 2010
There: I rode the N-Judah to work, which could take anywhere from 20-50 minutes depending on SF Muni's mood. Here: My flatmate and I walk to work, playing “Frogger” as we cross the streets (jaywalking is standard here, but that doesn't mean drivers slow down).