Following last week’s devastating landslides in Colombia, the global organization Mercy Corps is responding to meet urgent needs and help people recover in Mocoa, in the department of Putumayo. We will distribute more than 19,000 water purifiers to ensure families have access to clean water, as well as cash so that people can purchase home and kitchen items and other essential supplies.
To help children and young people, we’ll provide psychosocial support in schools, which are being used as shelters, and train teachers on emotional recovery strategies. Psychosocial support activities will include communication sessions and educational materials focused on well-being and recovering from loss, as well as workshops and community events to raise awareness about gender-based violence.
According to the government of Colombia, more than 300 people were killed with hundreds more missing and injured. Thousands of families have been affected across dozens of neighborhoods in Mocoa and rural towns. Critical infrastructure has been destroyed and many are still without electricity. Because of continuing rains, there is a high likelihood of continued flooding and mudslides.
Mercy Corps has worked in Colombia since 2005 to connect people affected by armed conflict with the resources needed to rebuild their lives. The organization provides humanitarian assistance, works in schools to reduce youth vulnerabilities to violence and supports land titling, agricultural value chains and natural resource management.
Mercy Corps is committed to empowering people around the world to survive through crisis, build better lives and transform their communities for good. Recognized as a leader in delivering rapid, lifesaving aid to hard-hit communities, Mercy Corps has responded to almost every global emergency in the past 20 years, including the Nepal earthquakes (2015), Philippines typhoon (2013), the Japan earthquake and tsunami (2011), Horn of Africa drought and hunger crisis (2010) and Kashmir earthquake (2005). Mercy Corps was also one of the first responders to the Indian Ocean tsunami (2004) and Haiti earthquake (2010).
Join us to support Mercy Corps’ lifesaving efforts in Colombia and elsewhere in the world at www.mercycorps.org.