Mercy Corps Joins First-Of-Its-Kind Humanitarian Alliance In The U.S.

July 17, 2017

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Coalition of leading relief organizations launches Hunger Relief Fund

PORTLAND, ORE. – In an effort to save lives, Mercy Corps and seven of the leading U.S.-based international relief organizations have joined forces to form the Global Emergency Response Coalition, the first-of-its-kind U.S. humanitarian alliance. The group is urging the American public to respond to the threat of starvation facing more than 20 million people in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, Yemen and neighboring countries.

“When we look back on this time, we must conclude that we did everything in our power to stop this catastrophe,” says Neal Keny-Guyer, Chief Executive Officer at Mercy Corps.

In Yemen, a child under five dies every 10 minutes because of the lack of food and basic resources. In South Sudan, families forced to flee their homes are surviving on water lilies alone while hiding in swamps. In Somalia, teenagers walk for hours just to get enough water to last their families one day. In Nigeria, there have been reports of people eating sand to ward off starvation. Families are dying not only from hunger, but also from diseases such as cholera and measles because they lack clean water and sanitation.

“Drought, displacement and conflict have converged with alarming consequences,” according to the chief executive officers of the organizations in the Global Emergency Response Coalition. “In the 21st century, innocent children should not be dying from hunger. People caught in this crisis are generously opening their homes and sharing what little they have, but they have run out of time and resources – they need our help now.”

The coalition, comprised of Mercy Corps, CARE, International Medical Corps, International Rescue Committee, Oxfam, Plan International, Save the Children and World Vision, will use the Hunger Relief Fund donations to alleviate suffering and deliver the help children and their families need.

Partners including PepsiCo, BlackRock, Google, Visa and Twitter are working with the Global Emergency Response Coalition to help raise awareness and funds during the two-week appeal. The PepsiCo Foundation and BlackRock will also each generously match donations up to $1 million.

“We can make a difference together and give people who are suffering more than food and resources. We can give them hope and show them they're not invisible – and they're not alone,” says Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook.

The appeal runs July 17 through July 28. Donate to the Hunger Relief Fund at www.globalemergencyresponse.org.

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