Syria: Complexity of conflict leaves donors wary of aiding Syrians March 22, 2014
DAMASCUS, Syria — When an earthquake killed 150,000 people in Haiti in 2010, private individuals donated $20 million to the international aid group Mercy Corps to help victims, most of it within weeks of the disaster. During three years of turmoil in Syria that have produced a similar death toll, the organization has collected just $2 million for Syrians.
Jordan: Refugee crisis draining Jordan's water resources March 21, 2014
March 22 is World Water Day. It is a time to celebrate: Since its first observance in 1993, important steps have been made to sustainably improve global water security. But as the refugee crisis in Jordan underscores, water supply is complicated by local and regional dimensions, and compounding crises can threaten stability and development...
China, Colombia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Nepal, Tajikistan: The Water Bearers: Exclusive interview with Xylem Watermark and Mercy Corps March 21, 2014
In his message for World Water Day 2014, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recognized the importance of access to clean water in "our efforts to build stable societies and lives of dignity for all," specifically calling for "innovative strategies." Here's one partnership that has been successful in answering that call.
Jordan: When water scarcity becomes personal March 21, 2014
"There are so many problems here around water," Sabeen said. Sabeen is Syrian. Last year she and her children fled Damascus, and now they live in northern Jordan in a one-room flat. Mattresses without sheets were tilted up against one wall. "Sometimes I can hardly breathe," she said. "There is no space." And there is no water.
Jordan: Jordan hopes controversial Red Sea Dead Sea project will stem water crisis March 20, 2014
Jordan, one of the most water-scarce states, is facing a perfect storm of pressures including chronic scarcity, overuse, waste and a surge in demand caused by refugee arrivals, according to a report by Mercy Corps, an NGO.
Lebanon, Syria: Syria’s children and the cost of war March 19, 2014
The death toll as Syria’s terrible conflict and civil war heads into its fourth year now approaches 150,000. But it is the living who suffer. Barrel bombs and chemical warfare. Siege and starvation and mass torture. For all its tensions, Syria was a pretty settled, comfortable, middle-income country of schools and business and holidays. Now it’s a raging hell of destruction and displacement. Blasted families and desperate refugees. 40 percent of all Syrians have fled their homes. And in the middle of it all — bewildered, suffering children.
Guatemala: Making a Healthy Exit March 16, 2014
In rural Guatemala, access to basic health services is often minimal at best. In many areas of the country, the only available health options are to consult a traditional healer, to self-medicate, or to make an expensive visit to a doctor in a town that is several hours away. Overall, health outcomes in Guatemala compare unfavorably with those of much poorer countries. That’s especially true in rural, indigenous communities, where child mortality and malnutrition rates are 50 percent higher than in urban, non-indigenous communities.
Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: How you can help Syria's children March 10, 2014
The lives of more than 5 million children have been scarred by the three-year civil war in Syria. Some have been severely injured themselves. Others have lost schools, homes or relatives. Of these children of war, 3 million are believed to be displaced, a million are living near the front lines or in a battle zone, and at least a million are refugees beyond the Syrian borders. More than 300,000 children under the age of 5 are believed to be living in places so far inaccessible to help. Here are some charities doing their part — and how you can help... Mercy Corps
Nigeria: The Coca-Cola Company and the UK Government strengthen girls’ education and economic opportunities in Nigeria March 7, 2014
The Coca-Cola Company and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) have joined forces to bolster the educational and economic opportunities of more than 10,000 marginalised girls and young women in Nigeria.
Syria: Washington native to receive the 2014 World Citizen Award March 4, 2014
Tonight, the World Affairs Council will honor Mercy Corps co-founder Dan O'Neill with its World Citizen Award. According to the Council, the "annual award recognizes an outstanding Washington State citizen who has contributed to solving a global problem, shown leadership in promoting international understanding in our community, and provided inspirational international service."