A powerful new mobile platform combining agriculture information and financial services specifically designed for smallholder farmers is going live in Uganda, helping farmers plow even more value from each acre.
Female high school graduates can be hard to find in rural Ethiopia. School costs can be prohibitive, and women are more likely to be found at home. Mercy Corps scholarships help girls like Kuye complete high school — and spread the power of their education through family, community and country.
Investing in girls makes an impact that transcends generations and borders. See what a girl can do.
Mobile phones in the hands of youth may be the secret weapon for a strong democratic future in Kenya. Read more.
Photo by John Odienge for Mercy Corps
Vote counting began in Kenya on Monday after largely peaceful elections. Millions of voters stood in line to choose their next president in a tightly contested general election.
Kenya’s last elections in 2007 were the catalyst for a terrifying wave of violence that swept the nation. More than 1,500 people were killed, most by armed gangs of youth stirred up by local politicians.
Mercy Corps has been working with the government and thousands of youth groups for the past two years to build a grassroots movement to choose peace, empowering them to transform their lives and their country.
Many children like this little girl in the Democratic Republic of Congo have never known a permanent home.
Conflict here is chronic and unpredictable. When fighting breaks out, families move their few belongings from camp to camp and set up makeshift shelters on the bare lava rock.
Mercy Corps has been working to meet the immediate needs of displaced families in DRC since 2007. We’ve distributed emergency food and other supplies, but our main focus is on getting enough clean water to camps and the city of Goma. New reservoirs and pumps are delivering clean drinking water, while more latrines and handwashing stations are preventing disease.
Photo by Gerry Ellis for Mercy Corps
Last year a teenage girl arrived at one of Mercy Corps’ counseling centers in the Central African Republic. She had been kidnapped by the Lord’s Resistance Army, raped and forcefully married to a soldier. She escaped with her baby two years later, but how could she begin again?
Our team in northern #Mali warns that families will run out of food unless access to the embattled region improves. Since military operations began in January, most vendors like this man have fled the area to protect their stocks from looting. Markets are almost completely shut down and food supplies are rapidly running out. Read more.