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Be the Change: OEMBA Class 24 Big Give!

December 31, 2009

Jennifer Schmidt

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Friends and Classmates:

For the past 15 months, you've listened to me talk on and on about Mercy Corps. It's no secret that I'm inspired by the work of our global team.

Now, I'm asking you to join me in supporting Mercy Corps — and changing lives in more than 40 countries!

Why support Mercy Corps with your hard-earned cash? Here are three things that I believe set the organization apart:

1. We work in the world's toughest places - from southern Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. We see communities in crisis as opportunities to build back better.

2. We respond rapidly and effectively to emergencies - and focus on the transition from relief to long-term recovery. We don't just drop bags of rice and leave, we work to help restart local economies and help people help themselves.

3. We are a community-led organization. We believe local people need to be the lead actors in their own change for that change to truly be lasting. And 95% of our 3700 staff are native to the country in which they work.

Your donations contribute to efforts like providing books for school children in Zimbabwe ... training women's groups in the Central African Republic ... teaching rice farmers in Sri Lanka and Indonesia growing techniques that are both more productive and better for the environment ... and providing microloans to aspiring entrepreneurs in 10 countries.

I hope you "Big Shooters" will get involved and help me reach my fundraising goal by making a gift on this page.

Your support means so much to me. Thank you for "being the change"!