Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya: Mercy Corps working to bring critical assistance to Somali families in Mogadishu August 18, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. – The global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps is working to bring desperately needed aid to displaced families in the Somali capital of Mogadishu. The group recently completed an assessment of needs in the city and is working to provide clean water, health assistance and other vital supplies in the coming days.
China, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Tajikistan, Colombia, Nepal: Mercy Corps and ITT champion fresh approaches to water-related disaster risk reduction August 18, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. – The global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps and ITT Corporation (NYSE:ITT) today announced the next stage of their multi-year partnership: risk reduction programs in six developing countries where people are particularly vulnerable to water-related disasters. The leaders of this initiative will convene at World Water Week, an annual gathering that takes place August 21-27 in Stockholm, Sweden.
Kenya: 17 million of Kenya’s poorest farmers to boost food production with help of cutting-edge training August 3, 2011
The Backpack Farm Agriculture Program (BPF) and Mercy Corps are pleased to announce the launch of “KUZA Doctor,” a mobile based (SMS) tool providing text-based, technical support to smallholder farmers in Kenya. Farmers voluntarily register to receive messages in either English or Swahili. In support of these efforts, the BPF team and Mercy Corps have joined forces to market the training tool to more than 17 million smallholder farmers in Kenya, consistently challenged by poor by drought, poor yields and post harvest losses.
Mercy Corps and Reach Out to Asia to host youth leaders from Middle East, UK, US, Asia and Haiti July 25, 2011
(Doha, Qatar) – The global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps, together with esteemed partner, Reach Out to Asia, is pleased to announce that it has kicked off its Global Citizen Corps International Youth Gathering in Doha, Qatar from July 23rd – July 28th, 2011.
Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya: Mercy Corps rushes aid to drought victims in Africa’s Horn July 20, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. – The global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps is responding to the drought in the Horn of Africa with emergency operations in northeastern Kenya, and plans to build on existing work in hard-hit Ethiopia and Somalia. The United Nations today declared a famine in parts of Somalia, where the U.S. government estimates that nearly three million people are in need of assistance. More than ten million people may be at risk as the region suffers the worst drought in 60 years.
Haiti: MicroMentor launches in Haiti, rebuilding local economy one small business at a time July 20, 2011
Port au Prince, Haiti – As part of its commitment to economic recovery in Haiti and through funding by the Western Union Foundation, Mercy Corps has launched its proprietary online mentoring platform, MicroMentor.org/Haiti. The web based platform matches Haitian entrepreneurs with skilled business volunteers both locally and from around the globe, facilitating access to the support and knowledge they need to successfully grow their businesses.
As UN declares Africa famine, Scots charity says situation grave July 20, 2011
Today (20 July) the United Nations has declared that the severe food crisis in East Africa has reached famine levels in parts of Somalia. Scottish-based humanitarian charity Mercy Corps said that the situation is grave and that the 10.7 million people affected by the crisis need help urgently. Mervyn Lee, Executive Director of Mercy Corps’ European Headquarters in Edinburgh said:
Edinburgh launches city-wide East Africa Crisis Appeal July 8, 2011
Today Scotland’s capital launched an urgent appeal for donations to help millions of people facing hunger and severe malnutrition in East Africa. The Edinburgh Disasters Response Committee appeal – led by Edinburgh-based charity Mercy Corps and City of Edinburgh Council – will bring desperately needed aid to people in the grip of the worst drought the region has seen for 60 years.
Mentoring America’s entrepreneurs: Online platform connects entrepreneurs with volunteer mentors to boost small business success June 29, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Mercy Corps and the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) announced their Mentoring America’s Entrepreneurs commitment to action at Clinton Global Initiative America. This commitment is designed to improve access to high-quality, low-cost business mentoring services and help 10,000 US entrepreneurs build businesses and create jobs.
Public affairs strategist and longtime journalist Andrea Koppel joins Mercy Corps June 20, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps announced today that Andrea Koppel has joined the organization as the Vice President of Global Engagement and Policy. A seasoned television journalist and media professional, Koppel brings almost 25 years of communications, journalism and advocacy experience to this newly created role and will be based in Mercy Corps’ Washington, D.C. office. Koppel begins her tenure on June 20th.