South Sudan: Mercy Corps warns of imminent humanitarian catastrophe in South Sudan
Juba, South Sudan – The global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps, deeply concerned by the escalation of violence against civilians in South Sudan, warns the nation is on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe. Signs of malnutrition are present and one-third of the population is at risk of famine by 2015. The onset of heavy rains exposes internally displaced persons in overcrowded areas to the possibility of a waterborne disease outbreak, such as cholera.
Mercy Corps elects former Google director and emerging markets tech expert to board of directors
PORTLAND, Ore. –Gisel Kordestani, co-founder of Crowdpac and former director of new business development at Google, has joined the board of directors of the global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps. Kordestani brings extensive experience in the global technology sector, particularly in the Middle East.
Sustainability at Work awards Gold Certification to Mercy Corps
PORTLAND, Ore. – Mercy Corps has achieved Sustainability at Work’s gold certification and is recognized for its leadership helping make Portland one of the cleanest, most sustainable cities in the country. To earn this honor, Mercy Corps completed numerous actions to benefit our local economy, our community and our environment, which were verified during an onsite visit with a Sustainability at Work Advisor.
China: Mercy Corps welcomes President of China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation to board of directors
PORTLAND, Ore. – He Daofeng, longtime entrepreneur and president of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA), has been elected to the board of directors of Mercy Corps, the leading global humanitarian organization. As longstanding global partners, the China Foundation and Mercy Corps have collaborated on microfinance programs in China and mounted emergency responses after the 2008 and 2013 China earthquakes.
Syria: Mercy Corps: Syrian conflict enters fourth year, still no end in sight
Portland, Ore. – As the Syrian conflict enters its fourth year, well over 100,000 lives have been lost and nearly 10 million people driven from their homes.
Jordan, Syria: Mercy Corps: Jordan’s aging pipes lose enough water for 2.6 million people
Washington, DC – Syrian refugees are placing acute new pressures on the water resources of Jordan, which already faces a water crisis due to declining supplies and out-of-date infrastructure.
Mercy Corps dismayed by deep cuts in humanitarian budget for 2015
Washington, DC – The global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps is expressing deep dismay with the Obama administration’s proposed FY2015 budget, which slashes humanitarian assistance by 25 percent, well below the appropriation Congress provided in the FY2014 omnibus spending bill passed in January.
Central African Republic, South Sudan: Humanitarian community appeals to Administration to fulfill diplomatic obligations
In light of increasing violence and security challenges in South Sudan as well as Central African Republic (CAR), Mercy Corps and over two dozen other humanitarian organizations issued a joint appeal to Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Director of Office of Management and Budget Sylvia M. Burwell in advance of President Obama’s FY15 Budget request to Congress.
Farm bill’s international food-aid reforms boost resilience of vulnerable communities
Washington, DC – Mercy Corps applauds the farm bill conferees, particularly the leaders of the Senate and House agriculture committees, for their hard work in ensuring the bill advances important reforms that improve the efficiency of international food-aid programs and invest in building resilience – the ability of communities to cope, adapt and rebound after shocks such as drought and famine.
South Sudan: NGOs welcome ceasefire agreement in South Sudan, reaffirm their commitment to help all populations in need of assistance
Fifty-five major humanitarian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in South Sudan have expressed their deep concern about the current humanitarian situation in the country and reaffirmed their commitment to help all civilian populations in need of assistance.