Life can change for millions of families in an instant: natural disasters can take loved ones and the outbreak of war drive families from their homes. When the unthinkable happens, Mercy Corps delivers rapid, lifesaving aid to hard-hit communities.
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Pakistan: Response team begins distributing cash vouchers May 22, 2009
Today our team in Mardan began distributing cash vouchers to families affected by the violence in Pakistan. The vouchers are redeemable for a $45 check that can be cashed at numerous local banks. Over the next four months, Mercy Corps will deliver vouchers to 20,000 affected families.
Myanmar: Helping Myanmar, one year after the storm May 21, 2009
Myanmar: Burmese farmers caught in poverty trap May 13, 2009
Farming communities in Myanmar's Irrawaddy Delta have always followed a cycle of debt. Each year, wealthy land owners would lend farmers money, tools and cattle needed to till the soil. After the harvest, the debt is repayed and the cycle continues.
Pakistan: Emergency response team leader arrives Wednesday May 13, 2009
Holden Basch arrives in Islamabad tomorrow from Afghanistan to take the reins of the 11-person emergency response team we've assembled in Pakistan.
Pakistan: Delivering aid to families in Pakistan May 13, 2009
Mercy Corps field teams distributed 808 emergency supply kits in one day to families recently displaced from fighting in the Swat valley.
Pakistan: Crisis in Pakistan: May 12 update May 12, 2009
Here's an update from our emergency response team in Pakistan from their Tuesday, May 12:
China: Christine: There for Sichuan's Survivors May 11, 2009
Pakistan: Blankets, mosquito nets rushed to Pakistan families May 11, 2009
Mercy Corps is rushing two truckloads of aid materials — including mosquito nets, soap and blankets — to more than 1,000 families displaced by fighting in Pakistan's Swat Valley.
Pakistan: Mercy Corps responds to 'massive displacement' in Pakistan May 8, 2009
Mercy Corps is dispatching a team to assist some of the estimated 500,000 Pakistanis who are fleeing their homes as a result of intensifying conflict between government forces and Taliban militants.
China: Healing the Future May 6, 2009
So much depends on children. They're the pride and joy of their families, as well as eternal hope for a better future. There's perhaps no place in the world where this rings more true than China.