Nonprofit founded 1979
Mercy Corps strives to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. Mercy Corps works amid disasters, conflicts, chronic poverty and instability to unleash the potential of people who can win against nearly impossible odds. Since 1979, Mercy Corps has provided $1.3 billion in assistance to people in 100 nations. Supported by headquarter offices in North America and Europe, the agency’s global programs employ 3,400 staff worldwide and reach nearly 14.4 million people in more than 35 countries.
Areas of Service
Advocacy, Capacity Building, Education & Training, Products & Services, Public Awareness, Technical Assistance
Example Project (in Assam, India)
Under a program called Women’s Empowerment for Literacy (WEL), Mercy Corps worked with the Indian Government’s Department of Adult Education to design a special curriculum for women who work on tea estates. In groups of about 20, the students attend two-hour classes six days a week. Trainers also make house visits to motivate the women to keep studying.