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.
One year after China earthquake, Mercy Corps helps foster long-term healing
Portland, OR – On the one-year anniversary of the 7.9-magnitude earthquake that rocked the Sichuan Province of China, the global relief and development agency Mercy Corps reports that it is working with its Chinese partners to help thousands of children recover from long-term psychological trauma. The earthquake left 70,000 people dead – more than 5,000 of them children, according to Chinese Government figures released last week – and five million homeless.
Mercy Corps procures emergency supplies after violence forces massive displacement in Pakistan; distribution expected tomorrow
Portland, OR – In response to an estimated half-million new internally displaced people in Pakistan, the global relief and development agency Mercy Corps has procured more than 1,100 emergency supply kits ready for distribution to families in need. Members of Mercy Corps’ 11-person emergency response team expects to deliver the supplies tomorrow in Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province, where intensifying fighting between the Army and Taliban militants has triggered widespread displacement.
Mercy Corps sends emergency assessment team to Pakistan’s northwest frontier province
Portland, OR – The global relief and development agency Mercy Corps has dispatched an emergency assessment team to Pakistan’s increasingly violent Northwest Frontier Province. The fighting has forced an estimated 500,000 people to flee their homes in what the United Nations is calling a “massive displacement.” This flood of people into camps has created an urgent need for basic supplies such as food, water and shelter.
Julie Mancini joins Mercy Corps as action center dDirector
Portland, OR – Mercy Corps is pleased to announce that long-time Portlander Julie Mancini has joined the organization to serve as director of the Mercy Corps Action Center – a new educational public space where visitors can learn about global issues and take meaningful action. The Action Center opens in fall 2009 and is located on the ground floor of Mercy Corps’ new global headquarters building in Old Town Chinatown. Mercy Corps CEO Neal Keny-Guyer says Mancini’s experience with youth programs made her a perfect fit for the job.
Action center to end world hunger honored with Webby and IDEA Awards for giving visitors effective ways to take action
New York, NY — The Action Center to End World Hunger website ActionCenter.org has been honored by the 2009 Webby Awards for helping visitors learn about the systemic causes of hunger, and inviting them to participate in hundreds of actions that help people lift themselves out of poverty.