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    Miguel Samper for Mercy Corps  </span>
    Photo: Miguel Samper for Mercy Corps

Our strategy

Transition from emergency assistance to long-term support that helps rural communities, entrepreneurs and youth to build a stronger, more self-sufficient country.

The context

The January 2010 earthquake dealt a tragic blow to a country where 55 percent of the population already lived below a poverty line of $1 a day. Still struggling to rebuild, many families have no means to support themselves. Harmful environmental practices have also harmed the country's vital agricultural land, decreasing production and leading to increased food insecurity.

Our work

  • Emergency response: Reached more than 1 million people with emergency supplies, clean water, cholera prevention and temporary jobs immediately after the January 2010 earthquake
  • Economic opportunity: Helping women start small businesses to support their families — and protecting them from future disasters with affordable microinsurance
  • Agriculture & Food: Boosting farmers' harvests and helping rural communities organize for improved production
  • Environment: Promoting sustainable land use practices and establishing alternative fuel sources that provide jobs
  • Children & Youth: Using soccer to teach leadership, gender awareness, conflict resolution skills and HIV/AIDS prevention education

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