Mercy Corps

37,873 Supporters

Since 1979, Mercy Corps has been helping people in the world's toughest places survive the crisis they confront and turn them into opportunities to thrive. They respond immediately to emergencies and stick around to build food security, resilience and new economic opportunities as communities rebuild. Currently on the ground in more than 40 countries, Mercy Corps empowers local communities to prioritize their needs and take the lead in creating sustainable change. Through grassroots advocacy, Mercy Corps is also fighting to improve US government foreign policy to make sure assistance can reach the most vulnerable people, most effectively.

Started 2 petitions

Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives

Tell Congress: Improve the health of women and girls with Food for Peace

Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world, where many women and children struggle daily with hungry and malnutrition. A teenage girl in Niger is likely married by the time she turns 15. This normally leads to early pregnancy, and in Niger — a country with one of the highest maternal death rates in the world and a weak health system — this can be both dangerous and deadly. Using innovative approaches to improving food security with a USAID program called Food for Peace, Mercy Corps works with young girls to educate them on the effects of early marriage. The program’s results were pretty remarkable in terms of hunger: girls in the program were less likely to use harmful coping strategies — such as eating fewer meals or begging for food — than girls not in the program. Programs like this are not possible without robust funding for Food for Peace. Congress can play an integral role in supporting these important programs by funding Food for Peace at no less than $1.75 billion and ensuring programs are able to respond to changing needs on the ground. Tell your Member of Congress: increase funding and flexibility for Food for Peace and provide no less than: $1.75 billion.

Mercy Corps
9,456 supporters
Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Tell Congress: Increase Aid for Refugees

It's that time of year again: when Congress begins to decide what programs to fund — and what programs to cut. On the chopping block is International Disaster Assistance and Migration and Refugee Assistance funding — which includes lifesaving emergency aid for Syrians and the millions of other families who will experience a humanitarian crisis this year. President Obama’s proposed budget woefully underfunds humanitarian aid programs: for example, he is recommending cutting International Disaster Assistance funding by 30 percent from current levels. Now Congress has the opportunity to fix this. Over the last several years, the gap between humanitarian funding needs and what is actually provided has widened significantly. In 2015, less than half of the money requested by humanitarian organizations to respond to crises around the world was ultimately funded. Congress can help right this imbalance, but they need to hear from you: Tell your Representative and Senators to increase the funding for International Disaster Assistance and the Migration and Refugee Assistance Accounts.

Mercy Corps
28,417 supporters