Mercy Corps

41,455 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 Paul Ryan

Tell Speaker Ryan: Urge President Trump to revoke ban on refugees

The United States has long been a leader in providing freedom, hope and safe refuge for vulnerable people and those fleeing violence and persecution around the world, no matter their race, religion or nationality. With more than 65 million people around the world forced to flee their homes, the need for U.S. leadership is greater now than ever before in our history. We must take action now to ensure that the United States remains a place of safe refuge for the world’s most vulnerable families. President Trump has signed an executive order ending the Syrian refugee program while suspending our broader refugee program for 120 days. And yet Speaker Paul Ryan said in June, “I do not think a Muslim ban is in our country's interest. I do not think it is reflective of our principles, not just as a party but as a country.” The U.S. accepted just 15,000 Syrian refugees in 2016. Among them are doctors and teachers, mothers and fathers, children and students — people just like us who are trying to start new lives after losing almost everything. They need our help now. Tell Speaker Ryan: Stand up for your principles and work with fellow members of Congress to urge President Trump to revoke this executive order and to uphold the United States’ legacy of welcoming refugees fleeing conflict and persecution.

Mercy Corps
31,997 supporters
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
9,458 supporters