In response to the reports of a worsening situation in Sudan’s Darfur region, the Harrington Family Foundation donated $5000 to Mercy Corps, a Portland, Oregon based relief organization with a long history of supporting children and families after natural disasters and other crises, both domestically and internationally. Mercy Corps was a vital presence in the aftermath of 9/11, the Indian Ocean Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, as well as, a continuing presence in Darfur, Sudan.
As the Darfur crisis enters its third horrifying year, peacekeeping forces find themselves unable to protect innocent families. Humanitarian access to remote locations is becoming harder by the day, putting civilians at risk – especially women and children. Currently, Mercy Corps is assisting and protecting more than 117,000 displaced persons. This vital relief organization has nearly 200 veteran aid workers in Darfur, where they continue to help people meet their most basic needs. The agency’s focus includes improved sanitation systems, clean water, distribution of relief items and building safe spaces where children can learn and play.
To learn more about Mercy Corps and their work around the world, visit www.mercycorps.org and discover how you can help, too.