Haiti: Helping rebuild economy two years after devastating quake
Two years after a massive earthquake decimated the capital city of Port-au-Prince, Mercy Corps continues helping Haitians to recover and rebuild by creating economic opportunities to help lift people out of poverty, and establishing programs focusing on agriculture, environment and youth.
Yemen: Assessment team warns of humanitarian crisis
Today, Mercy Corps joined the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) and other major international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) to increase funding for response to the worsening humanitarian crisis in Yemen. The groups spoke out at a photography exhibit entitled “Facing Crisis: Yemen’s Deepening Humanitarian Challenges” held at the Dubai Humanitarian City in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Haiti: In honor of World AIDS Day, Soccer for Life launches
Mercy Corps, along with Partners In Health and Grassroot Soccer have launched Foutbol pou Lavi – Soccer for Life – in Haiti. The 18-month program will leverage the power of soccer to stop the spread of HIV, while increasing support and reducing stigma for people in Haiti living with the disease. Soccer for Life is also being supported by Nike, Major League Soccer (MLS) and Haitian organizations as well as funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs SportsUnited Division, Mercy Corps and Partners In Health.
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
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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.
Palestine (West Bank/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.