“Our experience in these situations is that while we’re working to meet immediate humanitarian needs, it’s critical we look immediately for ways to start the recovery and reconstruction process. Coming out of the immediate crisis, our goal is to help people return to their homes, get businesses running again and kids back to school as quickly as possible.”—Michael Bowers, Mercy Corps senior director of strategic response and global emergencies. Mercy Corps is mobilizing a team of emergency responders, including experts in water, sanitation and logistics, into the areas devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan. Find out how you can help.
“I have not spoken to anyone who has not lost someone, a relative close to them. We are looking for as many as we can.”—Alfred Romualdez, Mayor of Tacloban, Philippines, a city devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.
“Empowered girls grow up to be empowered women… They grow up to move their communities forward and make the world a better place.”—Secretary Kerry on the International Day of the Girl, October 11, 2013 (via statedept)