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Mercy Corps works to help communities emerge quickly from disasters with limited loss of life and human suffering, and with a solid foundation for secure, productive, and just development.
The organization, which is headquartered in the Pacific Northwest, specializes in meeting immediate short-term needs while simultaneously helping survivors begin the difficult task of recovery through projects that provide short-term jobs, replace lost assets, and restart the local economy. A holistic approach to emergency response also incorporates disaster risk reduction projects in areas most prone to natural disasters, helping communities plan for and reduce the impact of these events.
In the last ten years, Mercy Corps' eight-member Global Emergency Operations team have deployed in more than 40 international emergencies and have provided technical support and coordinated emergency response in many more, providing expertise in water and sanitation, operations and logistics, economic recovery, program design, and the gamut of cross-cutting skills needed in emergency operations.
Mercy Corps also has trained more than 150 employees in twenty-one offices around the world to provide local, regional, or global emergency response assistance.
In recent years, GreaterGood.org has directly supported a variety of Mercy Corps’ disaster response activities, including the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Darfur, the Asia Pacific earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia and Samoa in 2009, the catastrophic flooding in northern Pakistan in 2010, and, most recently, the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
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