2002 Annual Report

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How does change happen? And can it be sustained in a world torn by war and poverty? Those were the two questions we set out to answer in this year's annual report.

Our methodology is to explore four case studies from Mercy Corps' recent past in which communities have succeeded in overcoming obstacles once thought insurmountable. Each example comes from a different part of the world, with a different set of problems.

There is a common thread. In each case, Mercy Corps helped community members find their own voices, their own strength, and ultimately their own solutions. In the process, we left behind stronger communities and stronger civil societies.

As this report shows - even in the most difficult circumstances - change is possible when people set aside differences and search for common bonds.

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