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Mercy Corps

  • By: Robert Owen Gardner
  • In: Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief
  • Edited by: K. Bradley Penuel & Matt Statler
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Policy (general)

Mercy Corps has established itself as an innovative leader in global disaster response through a model of community partnership building and utilization of local knowledge, customs, and expertise. Mercy Corps is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization (NGO) focused on facilitating development and administering humanitarian aid in crisis and disaster-impacted regions of the world. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, Mercy Corps employs a worldwide staff of 3,500 in more than 35 countries. Formed in 1982 as a charitable, direct-relief organization, its program coordinators have been active addressing humanitarian crises engendered by war, poverty, hunger, and disaster. Since then, it has evolved and gained international recognition for its ability to provide quick response to disaster situations and coordinate innovative, high-impact, and cost-effective programs addressing human crises.

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