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09 Jun 2017 description
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The refugee crisis is a human crisis: Behind the statistics are people filled with unique life experiences and dreams for the future. They are mothers longing to return home, fathers yearning to work again, children searching for a childhood.

We are witnessing a massive shift of humanity unlike any seen before. More than 65 million people around the world—roughly the population of France—are displaced from their homes. More than 11 million of them are from just five places: Syria, Afghanistan, the Lake Chad basin, South Sudan, and Somalia.

29 Mar 2016 description
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Filed by: Kelly Montgomery
Digital Content Producer

Right now, close to 12,000 refugees are crowded at Greece’s border with Macedonia, waiting and hoping to be allowed safe passage as they flee towards the safety and promise of northern Europe.

Recently, the route north through the Balkans was officially closed — and now, refugees who flee across the sea risk being sent back as soon as they arrive. And so families already trapped in Greece wait, with children strapped to their backs and carrying few belongings, for a second chance at a more peaceful future.

04 Jun 2015 description
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“I was inspired by the lecture my history teacher delivered about maternal health,” says Zainab Umar, a community midwife in Balochistan province, in southwestern Pakistan. “I was determined to open a hospital or clinic in my village for maternal and neonatal care.”

As a shy girl from a middle-class family, Zainab always dreamed of becoming a gynecologist so she could improve healthcare for women in her rural community.

24 Apr 2015 description
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Filed by: Kelly Montgomery
Digital Content Producer

In Iraq and Pakistan, adolescent youth are facing huge challenges as they try to grow up amidst the conflict, danger and uncertainty that surrounds them. With fighting and other security issues interrupting their daily lives, it’s nearly impossible to learn, grow and make important life decisions without a strong support system.

07 Oct 2014 description
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Being a girl comes with a steep set of challenges, especially for girls growing up in some of the world’s toughest places. Gender inequality is apparent right from the start, and many girls never have the opportunity to go to school, earn an income or have a voice in their own lives or their communities.

All over the world, Mercy Corps is working to change that by supporting girls’ education, providing vocational training and working with communities as a whole to help them understand the value that women and girls bring to society.

15 Sep 2014 description
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Days of torrential rain in Kashmir — a Himalayan region divided between India and Pakistan — have caused the worst flooding there in half a century, and left at least 450 people dead across both countries.

Approximately 1.5 million people throughout the region have been affected by the catastrophic floods, which submerged some 350 villages. More than 500,000 people are stranded in the higher areas of Srinagar, the capital of India-administered Kashmir and one of the cities most devastated by the deadly waters.

27 Aug 2010 description
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Aid agency opens mobile health clinics to treat hundreds of patients, focusing on women and children

Portland, OR- In the southern Pakistani province of Sindh, Mercy Corps is addressing urgent medical needs with two mobile health units that can treat up to 300 people per day. One of the units is exclusively focused on meeting the needs of women and children. Mercy Corps' medical, hygiene and sanitation facilities at a camp in the city of Sukkur were visited by USAID Administrator Dr.

19 Aug 2010 description
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Thirty-five percent of Sindh Province under water; 2.5 million people affected

August 19, 2010

Portland, OR- As flood waters rise in southern Pakistan, Mercy Corps is quickly expanding efforts to assist families in four districts of Sindh Province. The aid agency is making multiple daily trips to displacement camps with water tankers, building latrines, and preparing to open two mobile health units to meet pressing medical needs.

16 Aug 2010 description
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  • Agency's teams provides water, food, tools for families in Swat Valley; prepares to move into hard-hit southern areas

    - 20 million people rendered homeless according to Pakistani Prime Minister

    Portland, OR- Mercy Corps is ramping up its response to devastating floods in Pakistan, continuing to meet immediate humanitarian needs in the Swat Valley, and preparing to start relief operations in Sindh province. Flood waters failed to recede over the weekend as the disaster and its impact spread.

21 Aug 2009 description
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Here's the latest from our team in Pakistan, which continues to help families from northwest Pakistan displaced earlier this year by the fighting between Taliban militants and the Pakistan army.

An average of 500 to 1,500 displaced families are returning to their homes each day.

28 Jul 2009 description
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The latest update just in from our emergency-response team in Pakistan:

The Government of Pakistan estimates there are 3.584 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) with 24,841 families in camps and 236,908 families outside camps.

The number of IDPs residing in schools has grown due to pressure on host communities.

The UN and Government of Pakistan report that approximately 300 families a day are returning to Buner.

10 Jul 2009 description
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by Dan Sadowsky

A quick update of the numbers on our kids' psychosocial program:

So far we've distributed 14 tents measuring 75 feet square to shelter children and provide safe play areas in a half-dozen locations. We've enrolled nearly 1,400 children in the program, and provided them with toys and sports equipment. And we've trained 30 onsite monitors on how to work with children to relieve stress and offer them positive outlets.

06 Jul 2009 description
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Life has been anything but normal for Salman since early May. That's when the fifth grader and his family fled their home in Mingora, Pakistan, to escape the fighting between Pakistan's army and Taliban militants.

Salman was in the midst of final exams when his school was ordered closed and his neighborhood quickly evacuated. "From our village we took a minibus," explained Salman, "but when we were passing a large mountain range the bus was hit by mortar fire, and we got very scared and the driver insisted that we get out.

30 Jun 2009 description
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The Phoenix Fund is a social entrepreneurship fund focused on creating economic opportunity in the world's poorest countries. Through seed capital grants and loans, the Phoenix Fund makes strategic investments to implement economic development projects led by local entrepreneurs. These types of unproven and innovative programs often encounter difficulty attracting funds from large foundations and government agencies. Phoenix Fund is a market-driven, business-minded approach to creating sustainable small businesses and open marketplaces that are at the core of any successful community.

19 Jun 2009 description
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Shagufta Jeelani

On Saturday, we distributed bags and plastic sheets to 160 internally displaced people in six different locations in the Mardan District, where many of the 2.5 million IDPs are staying. These were items which we bought using nearly $4,000 in staff contributions. We have another 40 bags that will be distributed through emergency team this week.

The bags included something for the children. We distributed:

- 75 girls bags containing one suit piece of six-meter cloth (as they can stitch by borrowing sewing machine from host family), one mosquito net, and one pair of …

19 Jun 2009 description
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by Dan Sadowsky

From the latest situation report submitted by our emergency-response team in Pakistan:

Government of Pakistan figures show the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) has risen to an estimated 3.584 million.

The situation still remains unpredictable. Many civilians are trapped in the conflict zone and unable to move, and on the other hand, small numbers of IDPs have left camps and returned to villages.

75-80% of the IDPs remain out of camp. The absorptive capacity of host communities is severely strained.

05 Jun 2009 description
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Mercy Corps has begun providing sports and social activities to 4,000 displaced school-age children in Pakistan. Our goal is to provide kids in 10 schools-turned-displacement-camps with positive activities during the day, and reduce the stress associated with fleeing their homes to uncomfortable and unfamiliar surroundings.

The three-month program will take place in three communities in the Mardan District of Pakistan's North West Frontier Province, where fighting between the Army and Taliban militants has displaced more than 2.6 million people.

Each kid will receive an activity …

29 May 2009 description
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Our team reports that the coming days will bring searing temperatures to areas heavily populated by displaced families. Reports that temperatures in tents for IDPs in camps are unbearable.

The cooling monsoon rains are not far away; they're expected to start in late June or early July. But this will add a new set of challenges and could exacerbate already-poor conditions in camps and other spontaneous settlements (schools and open fields, for example), especially if it causes flooding.

27 May 2009 description
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Portland, OR - Mercy Corps today received notice of a nearly $1.2-million grant from the U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) office of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). These funds will boost the agency's response to massive humanitarian needs in northern Pakistan, where an estimated 2.4 million people have fled from violence between the Pakistani Army and Taliban militants.

The $1,189,000 grant will allow Mercy Corps to significantly expand operations to help displaced people over the next four months.

22 May 2009 description
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by Dan Sadowsky

Today our team in Mardan began distributing cash vouchers to the first of 1,300 families affected by the violence in Pakistan. The vouchers are redeemable for a $45 check that can be cashed at numerous local banks.