The following story is from Emily, one of the generous members of our Partners In Mercy program. She donates monthly to Mercy Corps.
For as long as I can remember, helping others has been an important part of my life. Growing up in Arizona, my sisters and I spent many weekends serving meals to homeless families, volunteering with kids after school, and lending a hand at the local food bank.
All of those experiences made me realize how many people are in need, both in our own neighborhoods and around the world.
My desire to give back stuck with me — I became a pediatrician, and I now specialize in caring for children who experience abuse and neglect. But seeing the crises that are happening in so many parts of the world, I wanted to do more for the vulnerable people beyond my own community.
That’s why I made the decision to become a Partner In Mercy by giving monthly to Mercy Corps. It’s one more thing that I can do to help families in need everywhere.
This group of girls attends a youth center at Azrag refugee camp. Their facilitator, Yasmin, is also a refugee. She says working at the center has helped relieve her depression after a prolonged and difficult journey from Syria. Children in Azraq endure so much stress, says Yasmin, and the center gives them a place to play and feel valuable. PHOTO: Sean Sheridan for Mercy Corps
Before I decided to give monthly to Mercy Corps, I was feeling utterly helpless as I watched the news every night. I saw the situation in Syria worsening by the day. One day I saw a video of a hospital in Aleppo being bombed — the nurses and doctors had to remove babies and children from their respirators, and they did everything they could to get them out of the destroyed building alive.
As a mother of two young children, and someone who cares for sick and hurt kids every day, it was heartbreaking to watch. I could only imagine the fear and terror that these people were experiencing. It was at that moment that I knew I had to do something.
After doing my research, I decided that giving monthly to Mercy Corps was the best thing I could do to help families from Syria and other people in need around the world. It’s the most efficient way to donate, and it’s easy. I signed up and now I know that I’m not helpless — every month, I’m doing something to help people facing the most difficult circumstances, and those who have lost almost everything.
I’m so glad I joined the Partners In Mercy community. Now, I feel like I’m part of a group of people who are working together to make the world a better place. And I know that every gift, no matter how small, makes a difference. The satisfaction I get from giving to Mercy Corps every month is better than anything I could buy.
There is important work to be done in places of crisis, and we can all play a role. With our monthly gifts, Mercy Corps will be able to reach more children and families in Syria and around the world with the food, water and support they urgently need.
How you can help
Two-year-old twins Amin, left, and Reda, right, play in the informal settlement where they live. Mercy Corps provides WASH services to the families in this settlement to help them maintain health and hygiene. PHOTO: Corinna Robbins/Mercy Corps
Every man, woman and child deserves to be safe and healthy. As Partners In Mercy, we can help everyone move toward a better world. Join me today to help families in crisis around the world.