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Ethiopia: Saving and succeeding
Within Mercy Corps' PROSPER program, the Savings and Credit Cooperative project brings much confidence to women in the Konso district of Ethiopia. Once a woman has saved a small amount of money, she is able to join the savings co-op and become eligible to apply for small business loans.
Ethiopia: Reading, finally
They sit in the shade and practice writing for one hour each day, for five days a week. This is usually done in the morning, well before their daily chores begin. While they do this, their older children take care of the younger ones in order to support their mother's education.
Prologue: Moses’ staff, Obama’s cat and everything in between
There’s a place on earth where you can stand in Europe and gaze across a strait of water at Asia, or vice-versa. It’s dramatic to view, especially since everything you can see of those two continents, across the narrow yet deep Bosporus Strait, is situated in just one city: Istanbul, Turkey.
Ethiopia: Helping Ethiopian mothers protect their children
It is astonishing to know that very simple solutions exist that will protect our youngest citizens against diseases, yet so few children have access to this basic health care in countries where it is most needed.
Ethiopia: Improving health and education in Ethiopia
Editor's note: Freelance photographer and Mercy Corps supporter Joni Kabana is traveling in Ethiopia and will be visiting our Empowering Ethiopian Girls for Peaceful Change initiative in the eastern part of the country.
Haiti: January 12 in Haiti
Last week I had the honor of being in Haiti on January 12, the one year anniversary of the earthquake that took so many lives and caused so much suffering. On that day in Port-au-Prince, I saw processions of Haitians in the streets.
Pakistan: Strong earthquake jolts southern Pakistan
Mercy Corps is monitoring reports of damage from a powerful earthquake in southwestern Pakistan. The epicenter of the 7.2-magnitude quake was in Balochistan, Pakistan's largest and poorest province.
Zimbabwe: Urban gardens nourish families and communities
Until last year, 81-year-old Lucia Mbanje and her family of six, all residents of impoverished Sakubva township in Mutare, could not afford a balanced diet due to the prohibitive cost of vegetables in Zimbabwe as a result of the economic crisis.
Little cosmic bundles
What would you do to win $150,000?
What would you do to motivate your friends to vote for Mercy Corps? Last month here at our headquarters in Portland, we knew the stakes were high — whoever received the most votes in the Western Union 50 Days Of Giving campaign would win $150,000.