Mercy Corps Pilots Refugee Cash Assistance Program in Serbia
Presevo, Serbia – The global organization Mercy Corps has launched a new pilot program to distribute MasterCard prepaid debit cards to an estimated 5,600 eligible refugees traveling through Serbia, in partnership with the Serbian Ministry of Labor. Families will receive cards of 210 Euros, and individuals will receive cards of 70 Euros, which can be used to purchase what they need most. It is the first such program in the region to use an international payment mechanism to help the tens of thousands of refugees and migrants seeking haven in Europe. February 3, 2016
Syria: Continued Humanitarian Access Needed in Madaya, Syria
Portland, Ore. — The global organization Mercy Corps urges all parties to the conflict in Syria to allow humanitarian organizations rapid, safe and unfettered access to the towns of Madaya and Bukain through the most direct routes in order to reach thousands of innocent civilians at risk of starvation. According to the United Nations, some 42,000 people have been trapped in Madaya since July 2015 without access to food, medical supplies or fuel for heat. There are credible reports of severe cases of malnutrition and deaths due to starvation. January 11, 2016
Iraq: Support for Extremist Groups Linked to Governance Failures After Iraq War
Washington, DC — Perceptions of a lack of inclusivity in governance in Iraq has fueled support for extremist groups, according to new research from the global organization Mercy Corps. The report, “Investing In Iraq’s Peace,” is based on a public opinion survey of 5,000 people across Iraq, repeated over three years from 2013 to 2015, coupled with interviews of Iraqi citizens including civic leaders, youth, government officials and activists. The survey found that, contrary to popular assumptions, tensions between Iraq’s different sects have been overplayed as the main cause of conflict.
Syria: Unhindered Humanitarian Access in Syria is Critical to Peace Process
Washington, DC – The global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps applauds Friday’s passage of United Nations Security Council resolution 2254 that supports international efforts to seek a political solution to end the war in Syria within the next 18 months. We hope this Security Council measure will be a first step toward ending a humanitarian catastrophe affecting more than 12 million innocent men, women and children.
Mercy Corps Applauds Proposals for U.S. Humanitarian Funding
Washington, DC — The global organization Mercy Corps applauds the Appropriations Committees in the House and Senate for the generous humanitarian funding levels in the FY 2016 omnibus appropriations bill and urges members of Congress to move swiftly to support these lifesaving federal budget accounts.
Mercy Corps Applauds UN Security Council Adoption of Youth, Peace and Security Resolution
Portland, Ore — The global organization Mercy Corps commends the United Nations Security Council for adopting a new resolution prioritizing youth and youth-led organizations in peacebuilding and violence prevention efforts, and thanks the government of Jordan and the 10,000 young peace builders who participated in this year’s first-ever Global Forum on Youth, Peace, and Security for leading this landmark initiative.
Mongolia: Mercy Corps-Managed Microfinance Program Yields Unprecedented Return for Mongolia
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – A program that started with a small investment to support pastoral herders has grown into one of the country’s major financial institutions in less than 15 years. As a result of this unprecedented financial success -- and in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) -- $10 million will be redeployed for the benefit of Mongolians in a resilience program designed and administered by Mercy Corps.
Syria: Airstrikes along Turkish Border Jeopardize Cross-Border Aid to Syria, Says Mercy Corps
Portland, Ore.— The ongoing violence in Syria, which has resulted in nearly five years of catastrophic conditions for the country’s citizens, is now severely restricting the delivery of humanitarian assistance. Intensification in airstrikes against towns located between Aleppo City and the Syria-Turkey border threatens critical supply routes for humanitarian aid. Because of its large team working closely with local partners and the prepositioning of aid and supplies, Mercy Corps is able to continue providing assistance in the war-torn nation.
Nepal: Post-Quake Nepal: Mercy Corps Research Identifies Keys to Recovery
Portland, Ore. — Nepal must build a more inclusive society, increase government accountability and build stronger financial support mechanisms in order to improve recovery efforts for future natural disasters, according to research conducted by the global organization Mercy Corps. Drawing upon lessons learned from this year’s deadly earthquake, the organization illuminates key areas in which change will be needed to make Nepal more resilient to future natural disasters.
Mercy Corps Invites Portland to Explore Global Hunger this Holiday Season
Portland, Ore—Nothing is more basic to human well-being than having enough nutritious food to eat, yet 842 million people in the world – one in every eight – are trapped in a cylce of hunger and poverty. As families gather around their holiday tables, Mercy Corps invites the Portland community to take a deeper look at hunger around the world through a new exhibit and its annual “Stories from the Field” event.