Kenya: Mercy Corps to Co-Present Eighth Annual Tech for Development Conference
Portland, Ore. – Hundreds of experts from the relief and development and technology worlds are gathering in Nairobi, Kenya, on May 16-19 at the eighth annual Information and Communications Technologies for Development (ICT4D) conference. Attendees will focus on the latest ways to harness cutting-edge information technology to help people around the world who are living in poverty.
Nepal: Mercy Corps: Despite Challenges, Nepal is on the Road to Recovery
Kathmandu, Nepal – In the months after last year’s earthquake, Mercy Corps provided lifesaving assistance – emergency kits, temporary shelter and cash – to more than 135,000 people in Nepal. Today, Mercy Corps’ long-term recovery efforts seek to impact tens of thousands of families.
Meeting the Real Needs of Syrian Civilians: A Message to the Humanitarian Task Force
It has been 60 days since the U.S. and Russia signed the Munich agreement, calling for increased attention to address the dire humanitarian conditions inside Syria. In this time the Humanitarian Task Force (HTF)—established by the 23-member International Syria Support Group (ISSG)—has helped push for UN convoys to enter 31 communities designated by the UN as besieged and hard-to-reach areas delivering short-term supplies for 400,000 people since the beginning of the year, less than 10 percent of people in need in those areas.
Syria: Negotiate Syria aid according to need, not politics
The fact that some besieged towns are still not getting consistent approval for UN convoys suggests that humanitarian decisions are tied to political concerns, not need,” says Dee Goluba, Syria Director for Mercy Corps.
Mercy Corps Applauds U.S. House Passage of Global Food Security Act
Washington, DC – The global organization Mercy Corps applauds the passage of the Global Food Security Act (GFSA)(HR 1567/S1252) by the U.S. House of Representatives and calls on the Senate to swiftly support this effort to promote global food security. With 795 million men, women and children facing hunger around the world, it is critical that lawmakers work to expand families’ access to nutritious food and increase their food security.
Nigeria: Mercy Corps: Inequality and Grievances Central to Boko Haram’s Recruitment of Youth
PORTLAND, ORE. – Frustrations with weak governance created some level of community acceptance of Boko Haram, allowing the group to infiltrate villages in northeast Nigeria and recruit youth, according to the global organization Mercy Corps. A new report investigates motives for youth to join Boko Haram, based on interviews with dozens of former members through research funded by the Ford Foundation.
Yemen: Mercy Corps: Yemen's Children Starved by War
Sana’a, Yemen – Almost a year into the country’s civil war, one in four Yemeni children is malnourished and food insecurity is on the rise, according to information gathered by the global organization Mercy Corps. As the conflict drives price increases for essential food items, even more children are likely to become hungry in the months ahead.
Mongolia: Mercy Corps Helps Mongolians Survive “Dzud” Weather Crisis
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – With heavy snows and temperatures in some parts of the country reaching as low as minus 67 Fahrenheit (minus 55 Celsius), the global organization Mercy Corps' is supporting Mongolians who are enduring extreme winter conditions – known locally as “dzud”.
Syria: Sesame Street’s Elmo Visits Syrian Children at Mercy Corps’ Dream Land in Za’atari Refugee Camp
Za’atari Refugee Camp, Jordan – The muppet Elmo and characters from Hikayat Simsim, the locally produced Jordanian version of the children’s television program “Sesame Street,” entertained some 500 children today with an educational program at Mercy Corps' Dream Land, a child-friendly space in Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan.
Syria: Syrian Teenagers Motivated to Build a Better Future
PORTLAND, ORE. – As Syria enters a sixth year of devastating conflict, a generation of youth is reaching adulthood having spent their formative years in limbo, according to the global organization Mercy Corps. Nearly one in four of the 2.4 million Syrian refugees under the age of 18 is a teenager, and the multi-billion-dollar aid effort has largely overlooked this demographic.