Mercy Corps
03/26/2017 at 16:38. Facebook
Today marks two years since violent clashes between government and non-government forces erupted in Yemen, fueling ongoing warfare that has since forced more than 3 million people from their homes — and has left 68 percent of the population in need of humanitarian aid.

Yemen is now at risk of famine. Already, the situation is so dire that a child under the age of five dies every ten minutes...
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Mercy Corps
03/24/2017 at 16:57. Facebook
Why is U.S. foreign aid so critical? Read our new quick facts on what this money is, where it goes, and what will be lost if it gets cut: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Mercy Corps
03/23/2017 at 18:04. Facebook
It’s been six years since civil war first ripped through Syria. Six years.

School-aged children there cannot remember a life without war. In fact, Syrian children have experienced such traumatic pain, exceeding the symptoms of PTSD, that doctors have been forced to come up with a term to describe it: "human devastation syndrome.” The crisis in Syria is the worst humanitarian disaster of our...
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“Please, today, take one action — even if it’s small — to advance the cause, the calling of love.”

Thank you, Senator Cory Booker, for standing with families facing famine in South Sudan, and for supporting Mercy Corps.
Clean water is life’s most vital resource — without it, none of us can survive. But for millions of people around the world, clean water is no guarantee. Often, the water available for families to drink is not clean. And in many of the places we work, girls and young women must spend hours every day walking and carrying water for the family to use — keeping them out of school or unable to...
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“When the youths are empowered it’s like the whole nation has been empowered, because we are the future of this country.”

How we helped Kenya’s future leaders to find their voice — and a reason to dance: [ Ow.ly Link ]
International aid makes up roughly 1% of the federal budget — yet it provides lifesaving relief to tens of millions of men, women and children in need. Tell Congress that in this unprecedented time of need, we must fully fund foreign aid: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Be sure to tune in for 1,000 Days Facebook Live with Mercy Corps’ Ann Vaughan this morning at 9:30am PST. She’ll be discussing recently proposed cuts to the International Affairs budget, and the impact it would have on young children around the world.
"Beside all of this hardship, there is so much potential to create a better life.”

Why it’s important that we support youth surviving crisis now — while they’re making critical decisions that will impact their futures: [ Ow.ly Link ]
"In fact, I have never been afraid as I am now. I look at my daughters, husband and big family. I have great fears that something bad might happen to them." - Mercy Corps team member in Aleppo

More voices of Aleppo: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Today marks the six year anniversary of the start of the war in Syria and the violence continues. Millions of Syrians have fled their homes in search of safe refuge—over half of them young people like Mohammed. He is part of a generation at risk of becoming a forgotten casualty of war.

Mercy Corps has been there from the beginning of this crisis, and we will remain committed to ensuring that...
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“I left school in sixth grade, but I love to study,” Zaloukh says. Her dream now is to learn English, settle her family, and get back to work. “I’ll do anything,” — Zaloukh, who fled Aleppo with her husband, Markhan

Today, she and her husband await their first child — while stranded in Greece. They know there is no immediate way to move forward, but with our help, they are surviving this...
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"The shops have become empty even of mice; no canned foods, no sugar, no tea, no coffee or even the simplest basics a family needs in order to survive." - Mercy Corps team member in Aleppo

Read the brave accounts from our Syrian colleagues who were ultimately forced to flee their homes and their cities behind — not knowing if or when they might be able to return: [ Ow.ly Link ]
"Beside all of this hardship, there is so much potential to create a better life.”

Why it’s important that we support youth surviving crisis now — while they’re making critical decisions that will impact their futures: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Lack of knowledge can equal a lifetime of limitations, especially in vulnerable countries where fewer opportunities, less income and slower progress make the future seem bleak. That’s why Mercy Corps is working to make schools more supportive places for young people to live, learn and grow: [ Ow.ly Link ]
An empowered woman is an unstoppable force for positive change. That’s why today, we’re celebrating women like Rashidat, who — with our help — are overcoming obstacles, and building a better future: [ Ow.ly Link ] #IWD2017
Why do we invest in women? Because when we do, their communities prosper. This International Women’s Day, together we can support women to #BeBoldForChange. Here’s how: [ Ow.ly Link ] #IWD2017
Tomorrow is International Women’s Day — and we’re standing with women everywhere. By sharing their stories, you can let people know that you’re part of a community that supports their leadership, their entrepreneurship and their lives.

You can #BeBoldForChange by donating a Facebook post or tweet — join our Thunderclap: [ Ow.ly Link ]
“I see in a hazy way, because of the hunger. Nothing appears clear, anytime I am hungry.” — Abubakar, 12 years old

In recent months, conditions in Nigeria indicate that famine has occurred and might be ongoing. In South Sudan, famine has been declared, and in Somalia and Yemen there is a high risk of famine in 2017. Without immediate support, 1.4 million are at risk of dying because they have...
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Right now, an estimated 20 million people are facing life-threatening hunger due to drought and conflict in four regions around the world. The U.N. recently declared famine in some parts of South Sudan and warned that famine could soon hit in Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen. Mercy Corps is meeting the urgent needs of tens of thousands of children and their families in all four countries and is...
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