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Moving beyond crisis: What we've accomplished together

December 6, 2013

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    Sumaya Agha/Mercy Corps  </span>
    JORDAN: 83,200 children who fled the war in Syria rediscovered their sense of safety and joy at our three playgrounds and 10 child-friendly spaces in Jordan’s refugee camps. Photo: Sumaya Agha/Mercy Corps
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    Miguel Samper for Mercy Corps  </span>
    PHILIPPINES: In the immediate aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, more than 18,000 survivors received lifesaving water, food and supplies. We continue scaling up our recovery efforts to help more families rebuild in the new year. Photo: Miguel Samper for Mercy Corps
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    LEBANON: Distributions of blankets, mattresses and clothing; increased access to clean water; and child protection programs are supporting more than 30,000 people — both Syrian refugees and Lebanese residents. Photo: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps
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    CHINA: We’re helping 623,700 people in Sichuan province recover from April’s 7.0 earthquake, providing healing activities for children, training for teachers, and economic support for farmers and rural entrepreneurs. Photo: Alexandra Corazza for Mercy Corps
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    MALI & NIGER: More than 176,000 people got the resources they needed to keep their livestock healthy, protect their harvests and feed their families during ongoing food shortages in the Sahel. Photo: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps
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    ETHIOPIA: In the face of unpredictable droughts, our teams vaccinated nearly 850,000 cattle, sheep and goats, keeping them healthy enough to provide for over 45,000 families. Photo: Joni Kabana for Mercy Corps
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    EGYPT: 500 entrepreneurs were trained to develop their businesses that address the country’s social challenges, including education, energy and healthcare. Photo: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps
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    CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: In the conflict-ridden country, more than 2,000 women and girls received counseling and legal services to recover from physical and sexual violence. Photo: Sean Sheridan for Mercy Corps
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    Thatcher Cook for Mercy Corps  </span>
    INDIA: 69,630 people received food, temporary shelter, household supplies and help to restart their farms after being displaced by regional conflict and flooding in Assam. Photo: Thatcher Cook for Mercy Corps
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    AFGHANISTAN: Over 3,000 women graduated from our job training centers with skills in computers, English and tailoring. At the first all-women’s market in Helmand, 50 graduates are selling their wares — the first chance women here have had to work in public. Photo: Toni Greaves for Mercy Corps
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    Kyla Yeoman/Mercy Corps  </span>
    INDONESIA, UGANDA & ZIMBABWE: 182,000 small farmers increased their productivity and food security with techniques, information and financial services accessed on their mobile phones. Photo: Kyla Yeoman/Mercy Corps
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    GAZA: Our Gaza Sky Geeks program offered technical support and training opportunities for 370 youth to develop their online start-up ideas and plug into the global digital economy. Photo: Mercy Corps
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    COLOMBIA: After-school programs protected 1,400 at-risk youth from being recruited into a life of violence by armed militia groups. Photo: Miguel Samper for Mercy Corps
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    Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps  </span>
    YEMEN: Vouchers and work opportunities gave more then 31,000 people access to clean water and a stable income to buy food, despite ongoing violence and constant drought. Photo: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps
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    MYANMAR: Our efforts to promote a clean energy market put more than 10,000 fuel-efficient cookstoves in homes, helping families save money and time to put toward education and work. Photo: Benny Manser/Mercy Corps
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    Thatcher Cook for Mercy Corps  </span>
    INDONESIA: 680 mothers learned to keep their infants healthy with exclusive breastfeeding and proper nutrition. Photo: Thatcher Cook for Mercy Corps
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    Miguel Samper for Mercy Corps  </span>
    GUATEMALA: Rural pharmacies provide affordable medicine and services to 88,000 people who previously struggled with little, if any, access to healthcare. Photo: Miguel Samper for Mercy Corps
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    DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: Every day, we distribute 415,000 liters of water to families uprooted by violence and forced to live in overcrowded displacement camps. Photo: Gerry Ellis for Mercy Corps
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    SOUTH SUDAN: After decades of conflict disrupted the country’s education system, 10,000 children are now continuing their schooling in new safe classrooms. Photo: Mathieu Rouquette/Mercy Corps
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    KENYA: Our Yes Youth Can program empowered over 500,000 young people to effect lasting change in their country by starting businesses, leading community improvements, engaging with government and promoting peace. Photo: Andie Long/Mercy Corps

This year, together, we saved and improved 19 million lives in some of the world’s toughest places.

There are daunting global challenges — war in Syria, devastating natural disasters in the Philippines and China, hunger in West Africa. But your belief in a better world makes profound change happen each day, one person at a time.

As we close 2013, it’s important to recognize how much progress we’ve made to help families move beyond crisis, thanks to supporters like you. And we know that even more can be done in the new year with you standing by us.

Scroll through the photos above to see 20 examples of the difference you’re making now and for the future.