Haiti: MicroMentor launches in Haiti, rebuilding local economy one small business at a time
Port au Prince, Haiti – As part of its commitment to economic recovery in Haiti and through funding by the Western Union Foundation, Mercy Corps has launched its proprietary online mentoring platform, MicroMentor.org/Haiti. The web based platform matches Haitian entrepreneurs with skilled business volunteers both locally and from around the globe, facilitating access to the support and knowledge they need to successfully grow their businesses.
Mentoring America’s entrepreneurs: Online platform connects entrepreneurs with volunteer mentors to boost small business success
PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Mercy Corps and the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) announced their Mentoring America’s Entrepreneurs commitment to action at Clinton Global Initiative America. This commitment is designed to improve access to high-quality, low-cost business mentoring services and help 10,000 US entrepreneurs build businesses and create jobs.
Public affairs strategist and longtime journalist Andrea Koppel joins Mercy Corps
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps announced today that Andrea Koppel has joined the organization as the Vice President of Global Engagement and Policy. A seasoned television journalist and media professional, Koppel brings almost 25 years of communications, journalism and advocacy experience to this newly created role and will be based in Mercy Corps’ Washington, D.C. office. Koppel begins her tenure on June 20th.
Mercy Corps marks $1 million in donations from partner the GreaterGood Network
PORTLAND, Ore. – This month, the global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps and its partner The GreaterGood Network mark a milestone: $1 million given to fight global poverty and hunger over the past twelve years. The GreaterGood Network is a collection of websites that enables people to support charities and causes they care about, at no cost to them. Mercy Corps was one of the first beneficiaries of The Hunger Site, the flagship website of the GreaterGood Network, launched in June 1999.
Libya: TaiwanICDF, Mercy Corps provide chicken feed, safeguard short-term food security in Libya
The International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF) and Mercy Corps have joined forces to alleviate a critical lack of chicken feed in Libya, where conflict has caused severe disruption to supply lines and threatened food security. Project funding comes from the organizations’ joint Humanitarian Cooperation Fund, through which the TaiwanICDF will provide US$95,522 to support Mercy Corps’ operations on the ground.
Mercy Corps and Columbia Sportswear join forces to change lives around the world
PORTLAND, Ore. – Today Mercy Corps was named the beneficiary of a new campaign by Columbia Sportswear (Nasdaq:COLM) to engage the public in supporting the humanitarian organization’s work to save and improve lives in the world’s toughest places. Columbia Sportswear will donate 2,000 of its innovative Insect Blocker shirts to outfit Mercy Corps’ global field staff who serve in many of the world’s toughest places. The products have a total retail value of $160,000.
Perkins Coie LLP sponsors legal internship at Mercy Corps' international headquarters
PORTLAND, Ore. – For the fourth year in a row, Perkins Coie LLP has generously agreed to sponsor a legal intern to work at Mercy Corps’ headquarters in Portland, Oregon. This position will help support work on legal issues in the US, and in many of Mercy Corps’ overseas operations.
Philippines: Mercy Corps partners with BPI Globe BanKO to extend mobile banking to one million people in the Philippines
PORTLAND, Ore. – The global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps today announced a partnership with BanKO, a joint venture bank founded by the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), Globe Telecom and the Ayala Corporation in 2009. The partnership will deliver financial services, especially savings, to low-income and remote clientele in the Philippines using cell phones, a concept known as ‘mobile banking’.
Haiti: Microinsurance Catastrophe Risk Organization (MiCRO) created to help protect Haiti's micro entrepreneurs
The formation of Microinsurance Catastrophe Risk Organisation (MiCRO), an innovative donor-capitalized insurance facility developed by a syndicate of strategic stakeholders, will empower Haiti's micro-entrepreneurs to protect themselves against the economic aftermath of severe natural catastrophes. The facility’s scalable model for microinsurance is the first of its kind in Haiti and is aimed at the country's ‘informal sector’ – the organized poor who have taken steps to increase their economic standing and stability through the creation of small businesses.
Mercy Corps introduces "Comfort For Kids" in Japan to heal emotional trauma of children
PORTLAND, Ore – Mercy Corps will provide post-trauma help to Japanese children using Comfort for Kids, a methodology that builds local communities' ability to help children recover from the emotional effects of a large-scale disaster. Mercy Corps will pilot the program, in cooperation with our partner Peace Winds, in the tsunami-devastated city of Kesennuma in Miyagi Prefecture. The program was developed by Mercy Corps and Bright Horizons, the world’s leading provider of employer-sponsored child care, early education, and work/life solutions.