Syria: Mercy Corps: Escalated Fighting in Syria Threatens Critical Humanitarian Supply Routes and Causes New Waves of Displacement
Gaziantep, Turkey — A major escalation in fighting among all parties to the Syrian conflict is threatening critical supply routes for humanitarian aid in areas between the Turkish border and Aleppo City and forcing thousands of vulnerable civilians trapped between the front lines to flee their homes, according to global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps.
South Sudan: Heavy Fighting in South Sudan Disrupts Mercy Corps Operations
Juba, South Sudan — Amidst heavy fighting, the global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps – along with a number of other international aid agencies – has had to temporarily curtail operations in southern Unity State in South Sudan, scaling down its activities in Panyijiar County. The new wave of intense violence coincides with the height of the country’s planting season, renewing worry about the adequacy of the food supply in the coming months.
Mercy Corps Welcomes Nomination of Gayle Smith to Head USAID
Washington, DC – The global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps welcomes the nomination of Gayle Smith, a senior White House official, to be the next administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and urges Congress to confirm her appointment as quickly as possible.
Nepal: Mercy Corps to Hold Portland Vigil for Nepal Earthquake Victims
Portland, Ore. — The humanitarian organization Mercy Corps invites the Portland community to attend a candlelight vigil at its global headquarters on Monday, April 27, to honor and support the victims of this weekend’s devastating earthquake in Nepal. The vigil will take place at 6:00 p.m. in front of the Mercy Corps Action Center at 28 SW 1st Ave. Early reports indicate that as a result of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake, thousands of people have died, thousands more are injured and buildings and infrastructure are destroyed or severely damaged.
Nepal: Mercy Corps Prepares Emergency Response in Nepal
Portland, Ore. – The global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps is preparing an emergency response in Nepal following Saturday’s massive earthquake. Early reports indicate hundreds of people have been killed and thousands more injured in the 7.8-magnitude quake, the strongest to hit the region in 80 years.
Kenya: Mercy Corps: Investing in Adolescent Girls Critical to Building Drought Resilience
Washington, DC — A new report by global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps examines the role of adolescent girls in Kenya’s pastoralist communities, finding that their contribution to household and community food security is critical and grows during times of crisis. With Kenya facing reoccurring drought and hunger, Mercy Corps advises the development community to evaluate the role adolescent girls play in strengthening their communities and adjust programming to meet the needs of this key demographic.
Mercy Corps Opens “Beyond Survival: Life as a Refugee” Experience
Portland, Ore. —Imagine moving a family of 10 from a spacious suburban home to a drafty, single-room cow shed with dirt floors. This is reality for millions of people around the world. A new experiential exhibit at the Mercy Corps Action Center. offers a multi-dimensional and highly personal view into the daily life of the millions of people forcibly displaced from their homes and the ways in which Mercy Corps connects them to the resources they need to survive and recover from crisis.
Colombia: Mercy Corps Receives $750,000 Grant from Starbucks Foundation to Support Coffee Farmers in Rural Colombia
Washington, DC — Global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps has received a $750,000 grant from the Starbucks Foundation to boost food security, formalize property rights and improve sustainable water and land management for more than 1,000 coffee growing families in Southern Tolima, Colombia. Working with coffee farmers in Colombia since 2013, Mercy Corps will expand its reach and impact to an additional 5,000 people by 2016 thanks to support from Starbucks Foundation.
Liberia: Mercy Corps: Public Health Campaign Helps Liberians Turn the Tide of Ebola Virus Outbreak
Monrovia, Liberia — As Liberians mark one year since the first confirmed case of Ebola in their country, a community-based public-health education campaign is helping to bring the virus under control and setting the stage for Liberia’s recovery. Led by the global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps, the massive campaign has successfully reached 2 million people in the past six months with lifesaving prevention practices and behaviors to reduce Ebola transmission.
Ukraine: Mercy Corps Launches Humanitarian Response on Front Lines of Ukraine Conflict
Kyiv, Ukraine, March 25, 2015 – The global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps is launching an emergency response on the front lines of the conflict in eastern Ukraine to help people in urgent need.