Climate change is worsening an already unprecedented scarcity of resources, including water and arable land in some of the world's most volatile and impoverished regions. Environmental degradation most strongly impacts vulnerable communities, primarily because these places lack the coping mechanisms that normally protect lives and livelihoods.
Mercy Corps is committed to helping these communities address and adapt to environmental changes. Our programs increase access to clean energy, manage limited water supplies, and teach farmers to protect their land.
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Timor-Leste: Solar energy lights the way for rural families May 8, 2013
Celeste da Silva and her husband Clementino grinned broadly as they held up the recent addition to their modest tin-roofed home. The source of their contentment? A simple solar light.
Haiti: Reforesting Haiti April 21, 2013
Trees have all but disappeared in Haiti; today, less than 2% of the land is forested. Find out how we're helping communities bring their mountains back to life.
Haiti: Three years later, investing in the long-term January 11, 2013
Since the January 2010 earthquake, Mercy Corps has reached more than 1.6 million people with lifesaving assistance. Now, we're investing in youth, small business owners and rural communities to build back stronger.
Haiti: Building back stronger January 9, 2013
Through programs that empower young people, support entrepreneurs, and protect valuable natural resources, Haitians are finding new reasons to hope.
Myanmar: Bringing abundance back to the land of temples October 4, 2012
Many families in Myanmar’s Northern Rakhine state don’t have enough to eat during the year. Unpredictable weather patterns have plagued small farmers and disrupted their productivity.
Haiti: Bringing trees back to the mountains August 16, 2012
Farmer Selina Marie (right) carries tree saplings to plant throughout her farm, high in the mountainous community of Sibase.
Indonesia: Cleaner tempeh, for health and profit August 1, 2012
About an hour’s drive from the capital of Jakarta, Ribiyanto, a 37-year-old small business owner, is going about his daily task of making tempeh. The product, which is derived from fermented soybean, is a staple in the Indonesian diet.
Myanmar: Innovative conservation efforts honored July 31, 2012
Mercy Corps' innovative efforts to save valuable mangroves in Myanmar has won a big accolade.
Niger: Harvesting hope in the Sahel June 16, 2012
The hunger crisis is devastating families across the Sahel, and our emergency response work is crucial to averting famine here. But so are long-term solutions that help people withstand the cycles of drought and hunger that plague this region.
Nepal: Protecting natural resources April 12, 2012
Villagers in southwestern Nepal gather to tell Mercy Corps staff about their needs and how they make use of their surrounding environment — land, plants, water. The work is part of an assessment to figure out how to reduce natural resource-based conflict in the area.