Mercy Corps is a global team of humanitarians working together on the front lines of today’s biggest crises to create a future of possibility, where everyone can prosper.
In 1981, Mercy Corps incorporated in Washington State, USA, as a follow-on to a task force organized by Dan O’Neill in response to Cambodian refugees fleeing famine, war and genocide.
Under the registered trademark “Save the Refugees”, funds raised to provide lifesaving aid to refugees in Cambodia. O’Neill’s group combined with a group from Portland, Oregon called Project Global Village who were actively working to reduce hunger and poverty in Honduras.
Also Read: United Nations Global Market Place
In more than 40+ countries around the world, over 5,400+ team members work side by side with people living through poverty, disaster, violent conflict, and the acute impacts of climate change. We’re committed to creating global change through local impact — 84% of our team members are from the countries where they work.
We bring a comprehensive approach to every challenge, addressing problems from multiple angles. And we go beyond emergency aid, partnering with local governments, forward-thinking corporations, social entrepreneurs, and people living in fragile communities to develop bold solutions that make lasting change possible.
Our 5,400+ team members live and work in over 40+ countries around the world. 84% of them are from the countries where they work.
The work we do in each country is informed by our partners there: local community members, government officials, and other changemakers who are invested in transforming their communities for good.
Zimbabwe struggles with severe unemployment, diminishing access to health and education services and a steady decline in purchasing power. Once the breadbasket of southern Africa, it is now food-insecure and lacks the critical infrastructure and support mechanisms needed to help its most vulnerable citizens and stimulate economic growth.
Cyclone Idai struck Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe in mid-March with reported deaths of hundreds of people across southern Africa, with thousands more affected. We’re responding in Zimbabwe, where this is the first cyclone to hit the country in over a decade.
“Yesterday Mercy Corps reached more than 1,600 people in Chipinge district, Manicaland province, with emergency water, hygiene and sanitation supplies. In the aftermath of a natural disaster of this scale, we know we must do everything we can to prevent the spread of disease and more deaths,” says Mildred Makore, Mercy Corps Director of Programs in Zimbabwe.
“Our teams are still striving to reach Chimanimani, which is the district most cut off from relief efforts. There is no power, and hospitals have run out of fuel to operate backup generators. Time is of the essence as we race to reach people affected.
“Manicaland province is dominated by rugged mountains so getting to affected communities is not straightforward. With bridges destroyed, we have to rely on air support to transport our urgent relief the final mile.”
- Agriculture & Food: Reducing dependence on food aid by providing training, lowering barriers to credit, and supporting market-oriented community development approaches.
- Children & Youth: Supporting children with disabilities and reducing barriers to their participation in mainstream economic activities.
- Innovations: Using mobile technology to provide farmers with agronomic extension information, financial and market services.
- Water: Improving access to quality drinking water and sanitation services and environmental hygiene at community and household levels.
Driven by local needs, our work provides communities with the tools and support they need to transform their own lives.
Mercy Corps occasionally solicits quotations (“tenders”) from vendors for various items and/or services.
All suppliers will be treated equally and without discrimination, and we encourage the participation of local and/or minority suppliers.