Haiti: Trilogy, Unibank & Mercy Corps, a team effort to launch mobile money in Haiti
BELLEVUE, Wash. – Wireless phones in hand, the people of Haiti are on the cusp of entering the realm of mobile money, expanding banking services beyond traditional bank branches. Today, Haitian wireless operator Voilà, a subsidiary of Seattle-based Trilogy International Partners, and Unibank, Haiti’s premier financial institution, are teaming with international relief and development agency, Mercy Corps, to announce the launch of a humanitarian assistance program utilizing Haiti’s first mobile money solution.
ITT pledges to provide safe water and sanitation to one million people by 2013
STOCKHOLM -- ITT Corporation (NYSE:ITT) announced today at World Water Week that it has pledged $10.5 million over three years (2011-2013) to provide one million more people around the world with access to safe water and sanitation. This announcement marks a significant expansion of the company’s signature corporate citizenship program, ITT Watermark®, which will reach 500,000 people by the end of 2010.
North Korea: Mercy Corps speeds flood relief to North Korea
PORTLAND, Ore. – Mercy Corps is rushing relief to rain-soaked North Korea, where torrential downpours have buried large areas of the country, leaving tens of thousands of people homeless and without access to clean water.
Pakistan: Mercy Corps tackles pressing medical needs in flood-ravaged Sindh province
Portland, OR— In the southern Pakistani province of Sindh, Mercy Corps is addressing urgent medical needs with two mobile health units that can treat up to 300 people per day. One of the units is exclusively focused on meeting the needs of women and children. Mercy Corps’ medical, hygiene and sanitation facilities at a camp in the city of Sukkur were visited by USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah and other US government representatives on Wednesday.
Pakistan: As flood waters continue raging, Mercy Corps ramps up operations in southern Pakistan
Portland, OR— As flood waters rise in southern Pakistan, Mercy Corps is quickly expanding efforts to assist families in four districts of Sindh Province. The aid agency is making multiple daily trips to displacement camps with water tankers, building latrines, and preparing to open two mobile health units to meet pressing medical needs. The United Nations estimates that 35 percent of Sindh Province is underwater and 2.5 million people in the province have been affected by the floods.
Pakistan: Mercy Corps brings life-saving aid to flood victims in Pakistan
Portland, OR— Mercy Corps is ramping up its response to devastating floods in Pakistan, continuing to meet immediate humanitarian needs in the Swat Valley, and preparing to start relief operations in Sindh province. Flood waters failed to recede over the weekend as the disaster and its impact spread. Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani reported this weekend that floods have rendered 20 million people homeless, significantly higher than previous United Nations estimates.
Haiti: Mercy Corps receives $12.5 million grants from USAID to help feed Haitians in the impoverished central plateau and lower ArtiBonite
Portland, OR – Mercy Corps has been awarded one of the first grants from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the new Emergency Food Security Program in Haiti. The $12.5 million grant to Mercy Corps will provide food vouchers to 100,000 vulnerable people in the Central Plateau and Lower Artibonite regions who were affected by the earthquake in January.
Haiti: Mercy Corps launches Moving Forward youth sports program in Haiti to help young people recover from the quake
Portland, OR – As the month-long World Cup culminated this past weekend, Mercy Corps launched Moving Forward, a youth program that uses soccer and other sports to help young people recover physically, socially, mentally, and emotionally from the January earthquake. Moving Forward will reach over 1,500 young people throughout Haiti, and train 50 coaches and educators at 25 community organizations and schools.
Haiti: Six months after earthquake, Mercy Corps helps Haitians cope with emergency, begin long-term recovery
Portland, OR – Six months after the deadly January 12th earthquake, Mercy Corps is providing Haitians with tools for long-term recovery while helping families fill ongoing basic needs. The agency, which started operations in Haiti immediately after the quake, has assisted thousands of Haitians with a combination of economic recovery, relief and psychosocial programs in and around the capital city of Port-au-Prince, as well as in Haiti’s Central Plateau.
Haiti: Mercy Corps and Sesame Workshop partner to bring engaging, educational programming to Haiti's children
Portland, OR – Mercy Corps and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, have formed a partnership to bring engaging, educational programming to Haiti’s children. Sesame Workshop has dubbed one DVD featuring two Sesame Home Videos into Creole, and produced three short original films shot in Haiti specific to the country’s post-earthquake challenges. Mercy Corps will distribute at least 1,000 DVDs of this programming to schools, orphanages and other child-friendly facilities in the country.