When is a clothing store revolutionary? When it’s the first market in southern Afghanistan where women can earn their own income outside the home.
It’s the latest development in our INVEST vocational training program, which has helped nearly 6,000 women get an education and gain job skills in the last three years. Learn more about how we’re breaking down barriers.
Photo: Toni Greaves for Mercy Corps
Today on International Women’s Day we’re honoring the brave women who fight hunger, poverty, violence and oppression every day to build better lives for themselves and their families. Their strength inspires our work and proves that change is possible.
Join us. Read and share one of their powerful stories.
The ceasefire agreement between the South Sudanese government and rebels hasn’t stopped brutal fighting that continues to force families to flee their homes. We’re working tirelessly to address urgent water and sanitation needs of displaced families in Unity State, which houses the highest number of IDPs in the country.
"This is a refugee crisis that isn’t going away. The bordering countries are being destabilized both by the conflict and by the refugee presence itself, and there’s a real need to invest in these communities."
What do Syria’s neighbors need to support what will soon be the largest refugee population in the world? Hear more from our Regional Director Nigel Pont on NPR.
Photo of Syrian refugees after arrival in Jordan: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps
Under current U.S. law, NGOs working in the world’s toughest places are sometimes forced to choose between saving lives and breaking the law. —
Mercy Corps CEO Neal Keny-Guyer.
Read more and sign the petition to give humanitarian agencies fast, efficient access to vulnerable people in need around the world.
Without a generation of children, no country can have a future — U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, Anne C. Richard. (via championthechildrenofsyria)
Our own Liz Hummer is visiting Mercy Corps’ programs in Niger, and shared this photo:
"How many of you want to go to school?" That was the question we asked this portion of another teen girls group yesterday, some of whom are already married, all of whom are told they have to work at home instead of get an education - and all of whom want that to be different. Mercy Corps is working to change the beliefs that prevent these girls from staying in school.