Mercy Corps launches book club contest
Portland, OR – The global relief and development agency Mercy Corps today announced a nationwide book club contest to help improve opportunities for women and girls in the developing world. Mercy Corps is encouraging book clubs to read Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. More than 350 book clubs have already signed up to participate.
Mercy Corps and Reach Out To Asia join forces to expand youth activist network
Portland, OR – The global relief and development agency Mercy Corps today announced a bold new initiative with Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) to truly internationalize the Global Citizen Corps, an initiative that equips high school and college students with critical skills to fight global poverty and mobilize others toward peaceful change.
Praising Obama’s commitment to world hunger
Mercy Corps Praises Obama Administration’s Commitment To the World’s Hungry Portland, OR – The global relief and development agency Mercy Corps today applauded the Obama administration’s announcement of a $3.5-billion investment in agriculture programs over three years to help feed the world’s poor. The announcement was part of a broader, $20-billion commitment to agriculture made by world leaders at the G-8 summit in L’Aquila, Italy.
As 'hungry season' approaches, Mercy Corps launches campaign on women and hunger
Portland, OR – The global relief and development agency Mercy Corps today launched the “One Table” campaign to empower women to fight global hunger. Mercy Corps pledged to raise $3 million for these efforts, as well as influence U.S. global hunger policy and spread awareness about how women can lead families out of hunger and poverty. “One Table” was launched at the approach of the summer hungry season, when food stocks dwindle to dangerously low levels in many poor countries.
Humanitarian coalition welcomes legislation introduced by Representatives McGovern and Emerson
Washington, DC – Last week, Representatives Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) and Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.) introduced the Roadmap to End Global Hunger and Promote Food Security Act of 2009 (H.R. 2817). Based on the Roadmap to End Global Hunger report released by a diverse coalition of NGOs in February, the legislation outlines the broad elements of a comprehensive plan to address global hunger in the short, intermediate and long term and sets forth recommendations to improve U.S. government coordination of hunger-alleviation efforts.
Sudan: Joint statement on registration of Mercy Corps Scotland in Northern Sudan
Mercy Corps and Mercy Corps Scotland wish to clarify statements made by John Holmes, the U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, on Thursday 11 June 2009 relating to the return of expelled humanitarian relief agencies to Sudan. Contrary to Mr Holmes’ comments, Mercy Corps, which was expelled from Northern Sudan in early March 2009, is not resuming operations in Northern Sudan. Mercy Corps Scotland, a UK based charity, has registered to work in Sudan. Mercy Corps Scotland is very pleased that the Government of Sudan has approved and welcomed this registration.
Mercy Corps receives $10 million from Qatar charity to boost economic development in Gaza
Portland, OR – The global relief and development agency Mercy Corps today announced a $10-million contribution from Qatar Charity to lift up families in the Gaza Strip with much-needed economic assistance and development over the next three years. This week, a delegation from Qatar Charity will visit the agency’s Portland, OR headquarters to sign a Memorandum of Understanding that formally recognizes the strategic partnership with Mercy Corps.
Mercy Corps to expand emergency response in Pakistan with $1.2 million grant from U.S. government
Portland, OR – Mercy Corps today received notice of a nearly $1.2-million grant from the U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) office of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). These funds will boost the agency’s response to massive humanitarian needs in northern Pakistan, where an estimated 2.4 million people have fled from violence between the Pakistani Army and Taliban militants.
Mercy Corps wins $400,000 grant from Best Buy Children’s Foundation to expand youth activist network
New York, NY - Best Buy Children’s Foundation has awarded the global relief and development agency Mercy Corps a $400,000 grant to support the Global Citizen Corps, an initiative that equips high school students with critical skills to fight global poverty. This funding will allow Mercy Corps to allow thousands of new students to participate in its youth activist network.
Mercy Corps prepares to help displaced families in northern Sri Lanka
Portland, OR – The global relief and development agency Mercy Corps is taking steps to help thousands of people displaced by recent intense conflict in northern Sri Lanka. As the Sri Lankan Government declared an end to the war with Tamil separatists that has plagued the country for decades, the aid agency highlighted the needs of the many civilians who had been caught in the crossfire.