Japan: Supporting small businesses along tsunami-affected coast
A microenterprise support program promoting financial access for small businesses was recently launched in the tsunami-affected areas of Japan. The partnership between Mercy Corps, PlaNet Finance and Kesennuma Shinkin bank, named “Kesen Tomodachi Fund for Economic Recovery,” will provide financial access to small businesses, promoting financial recovery, and the overall economic recovery of the severely impacted Kesen region of Japan.
Add meaning to the holidays, while helping the world's poor
It can be difficult to find a gift for the person who has everything. Instead of scouring crowded malls this holiday season, give that special someone a meaningful gift that changes lives around the globe. Mercy Corps offers an array of charitable gifts that provide a compassionate and convenient way to give.
Kenya: Providing relief and boosting recovery for thousands of herder families
Mercy Corps has been awarded a $2.5 million grant for relief and recovery efforts in the Horn of Africa. The grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will enable Mercy Corps to provide immediate relief for pastoralists and their families in drought-affected communities of northeastern Kenya, bolster long-term economic recovery, and help communities become more resilient to drought in the future.
West Bank and Gaza: Boosting employment in Palestinian tech sector with Google.org and Source of Hope Foundation
Mercy Corps, Google.org and the Source of Hope Foundation have joined forces to launch the Arab Developer Network Initiative (ADNI) in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google, is supporting the first two years of this effort with a $900,000 grant, and the Source of Hope Foundation is providing $1 million. The initiative is intended to spark innovation in information and communications technology (ICT) in the region, and catalyze income opportunities for youth, reaching over 1,000 Palestinian entrepreneurs in the first year.
North Korea: U.S. ‘indecisive’ on food aid to North Korea
Despite repeated warnings over seven months that a potentially catastrophic food crisis is emerging in North Korea, the U.S. government remains indecisive over sending substantial food aid to help many of the nation’s civilians from starving to death.
Haiti: Clinton Global Initiative commitment: cholera insurance for Haiti
Today Mercy Corps, Haitian microfinance institution Fonkoze and global reinsurance company Swiss Re announced a Commitment to Action, Insuring Haiti’s Most Vulnerable against Cholera Risk, at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting. The Microinsurance Catastrophe Risk Organization (MiCRO), a company co-founded by the three organizations earlier this year, will develop a model that uses indicators of cholera, such as rainfall, to trigger an automatic insurance payout, speeding up the process of paying individual claims.
Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya: USAID and Ad Council announce awareness campaign for the Horn
In response to the drought and famine in the Horn of Africa, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has partnered with the Ad Council to launch a national public awareness campaign. The campaign will encourage Americans to spread awareness of the crisis, support the humanitarian organizations conducting the relief operations, and learn more about the solutions through President Obama's Feed the Future initiative to prevent these types of disasters from happening again.
Pakistan: Rushing clean water, medical care to flood survivors
Mercy Corps is rushing clean water and medical care to thousands of families in Pakistan’s flood-ravaged Sindh province. The agency’s Pakistan team reports massive displacement of people, collapse of homes and entire villages, and an outbreak of water-related diseases including malaria. After barely recovering from last year’s historic floods, Pakistan's monsoon season has once again created a health and housing crisis for more than five million people according to the UN.
Libya: "Comfort for Kids" responds to emotional trauma in children
Mercy Corps psycho-social experts have conducted psychological assessments of thousands of Libyan children who have endured months of violence in the city of Misrata, the epicenter of the conflict, and found that children are suffering from significant emotional and mental stress. In response, Mercy Corps is implementing Comfort for Kids, a program developed after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 that promotes resilience in children who have witnessed or lived through disasters or traumatic events.
China, United States, Haiti, Japan, Libya: Ten years after helping New York City's children, Mercy Corps brings "Comfort for Kids" to disaster zones around the world
PORTLAND, Ore. – Ten years after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, a program first developed to heal the emotional wounds of children in New York City has been used to help kids around the world. Comfort for Kids, a methodology that promotes resilience in children traumatized by massive disasters, was created in the days after 9/11 by Mercy Corps, the Boston-based leader in employer-sponsored child care and early education Bright Horizons Family Solutions®, and the global financial services firm JP Morgan Chase & Co.