Mercy Corps president confirmed as USAID assistant administrator
PORTLAND, Ore. – Mercy Corps today announced that President Nancy Lindborg has been confirmed by the US Senate for the position of Assistant Administrator for the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau of Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance. Lindborg will leave Mercy Corps on October 8th and join USAID immediately thereafter.
Haiti: Haiti mobile money solution now ‘feature commitment’ at Clinton Global Initiative 2010
The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) announced this morning that the Commitment to Action by Bellevue, Washington-based Trilogy International Partners and international relief and development agency Mercy Corps has been selected as a ‘Feature Commitment’ for its ability to “catalyze financial access and enable economic empowerment for the rural poor in Haiti through the introduction of mobile money services.” The first of its kind mobile money solution was launched on Tuesday. More on Trilogy and Mercy Corps’ mobile money announcement can be found here.
Haiti: Trilogy, Unibank & Mercy Corps, a team effort to launch mobile money in Haiti
BELLEVUE, Wash. – Wireless phones in hand, the people of Haiti are on the cusp of entering the realm of mobile money, expanding banking services beyond traditional bank branches. Today, Haitian wireless operator Voilà, a subsidiary of Seattle-based Trilogy International Partners, and Unibank, Haiti’s premier financial institution, are teaming with international relief and development agency, Mercy Corps, to announce the launch of a humanitarian assistance program utilizing Haiti’s first mobile money solution.
ITT pledges to provide safe water and sanitation to one million people by 2013
STOCKHOLM -- ITT Corporation (NYSE:ITT) announced today at World Water Week that it has pledged $10.5 million over three years (2011-2013) to provide one million more people around the world with access to safe water and sanitation. This announcement marks a significant expansion of the company’s signature corporate citizenship program, ITT Watermark®, which will reach 500,000 people by the end of 2010.
Mercy Corps speeds flood relief to North Korea
PORTLAND, Ore. – Mercy Corps is rushing relief to rain-soaked North Korea, where torrential downpours have buried large areas of the country, leaving tens of thousands of people homeless and without access to clean water.
Pakistan: Mercy Corps tackles pressing medical needs in flood-ravaged Sindh province
Portland, OR— In the southern Pakistani province of Sindh, Mercy Corps is addressing urgent medical needs with two mobile health units that can treat up to 300 people per day. One of the units is exclusively focused on meeting the needs of women and children. Mercy Corps’ medical, hygiene and sanitation facilities at a camp in the city of Sukkur were visited by USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah and other US government representatives on Wednesday.
Pakistan: As flood waters continue raging, Mercy Corps ramps up operations in southern Pakistan
Portland, OR— As flood waters rise in southern Pakistan, Mercy Corps is quickly expanding efforts to assist families in four districts of Sindh Province. The aid agency is making multiple daily trips to displacement camps with water tankers, building latrines, and preparing to open two mobile health units to meet pressing medical needs. The United Nations estimates that 35 percent of Sindh Province is underwater and 2.5 million people in the province have been affected by the floods.
Pakistan: Mercy Corps brings life-saving aid to flood victims in Pakistan
Portland, OR— Mercy Corps is ramping up its response to devastating floods in Pakistan, continuing to meet immediate humanitarian needs in the Swat Valley, and preparing to start relief operations in Sindh province. Flood waters failed to recede over the weekend as the disaster and its impact spread. Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani reported this weekend that floods have rendered 20 million people homeless, significantly higher than previous United Nations estimates.
Haiti: Mercy Corps receives $12.5 million grants from USAID to help feed Haitians in the impoverished central plateau and lower ArtiBonite
Portland, OR – Mercy Corps has been awarded one of the first grants from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the new Emergency Food Security Program in Haiti. The $12.5 million grant to Mercy Corps will provide food vouchers to 100,000 vulnerable people in the Central Plateau and Lower Artibonite regions who were affected by the earthquake in January.
Haiti: Mercy Corps launches Moving Forward youth sports program in Haiti to help young people recover from the quake
Portland, OR – As the month-long World Cup culminated this past weekend, Mercy Corps launched Moving Forward, a youth program that uses soccer and other sports to help young people recover physically, socially, mentally, and emotionally from the January earthquake. Moving Forward will reach over 1,500 young people throughout Haiti, and train 50 coaches and educators at 25 community organizations and schools.