Transition from emergency assistance to long-term support that helps rural communities, entrepreneurs and youth to build a stronger, more resilient country.
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 damaged the country's vital agricultural land, decreasing production and leading to increased food insecurity.
- Emergency response: Reached more than 1 million people with emergency supplies, clean water, cholera prevention, psycho-social support and temporary jobs immediately after the January 2010 earthquake
- Economic opportunity: Increasing incomes for vulnerable families and young people by helping them start businesses, get vocational training, access savings and loan associations, and connect with larger markets for their products
- Agriculture & Food: Promoting conservation farming techniques and helping farmers diversify their gardens with high-value crops to increase profits and build food security
- Environment: Promoting clean energy technologies and land conservation in rural communities to rehabilitate degraded land, maintain fertile soil and reduce damage from natural disasters
- Disaster preparedness: Training local risk management committees to better identify risk and manage emergency response needs
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Haiti: With our team in Port-au-Prince
I just arrived in Port-au-Prince, where the early days of chaos are now transforming into a more orderly relief effort. Still, the needs are overwhelming. It is a whirlwind of grief, relief and resilience. Everywhere there are street vendors selling food and basic goods.
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Haiti: Talking to NBC
Yesterday I talked to NBC Nightly News correspondent Mike Taibbi about the challenges of delivering aid in post-quake Haiti. Click here to watch.
Haiti: Frustration and elation in Port-au-Prince
Haiti: Thursday in Port-au-Prince
News and observations from today in Port-au-Prince:
Haiti: Emergency food aid delivery to Port-au-Prince's General Hospital (8 photos)
Today we delivered three days' worth of high-protein biscuits to 300 patients and their family members.
Haiti: Healing the emotional wounds of Haiti's children
Haiti: Thursday morning in Santo Domingo
Red-eye travel is onerous in most any circumstance. On my way to Haiti, I almost did it two nights in a row. And, despite a few short hours of sleep, this Thursday morning — a day and a half after I left home — feels like the continuation of one long day.
Haiti: Double your donation with the help of Metro Parent
First of all, I want to thank everyone who has donated to support Mercy Corps' response to the Haiti earthquake. Mercy Corps' staff on the ground are working as fast as possible to get aid to those in need.