The Pax World Global Citizen Program enables shareholders to earmark portions of their dividends and/or capital gains as a contribution to Mercy Corps, a nonprofit organization that works to alleviate poverty and promote sustainable development around the globe. Here, Meghan Prichard of Mercy Corps describes some of the organization’s work.
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Climate change is compounding already fraught situations, like economic instability and refugee crises. Whether it comes in the form of unbearable heat waves, harsh winters or other extreme weather, climate change undermines humanitarian efforts and creates new challenges for organizations and communities to address.
As climate change continues to exacerbate global challenges, young people — especially those living in the world’s poorest countries — will bear the brunt of the impact.
That’s why Mercy Corps, the global humanitarian organization I work for, is making young people a priority. We’re working to address their needs today while also helping them become more resilient for what’s ahead. At Mercy Corps, we can’t prevent disasters and conflicts from happening, but we can ensure that young people have the tools they need to prepare for and recover from them. We can take action now to make sure that young people have the training and resources they need to be more resilient to the effects of climate change.
One of the places where you can see our work in action is Niger. Every year, the people of Niger experience what’s known as “the hunger gap,” the period of time when food from the previous year’s harvest is scarce and the upcoming harvest is not yet mature. These hunger gaps are growing in length and severity as climate change decreases crop yields. Families are forced to eat only one meal per day, or even less, with devastating results: More than four in 10 children under the age of five have stunted growth. Such outcomes will intensify without interventions that improve food production.
That’s where Mercy Corps comes in. We gave Fatsuma, 14, two female goats, which she’ll keep until they give birth to kids. Fatsuma will keep the kids and then pass their mothers along to another girl. Goats are a critical part of life in Niger, providing milk and a source of income in times of need. The ripple effect of these two goats will help insulate Fatsuma and her peers from the hunger gap. Caring for the goats also helps youth gain independence and develop their own livelihoods.
Young people in Niger will witness even more dramatic shifts in the climate as they get older. Without support, they risk losing their livelihoods, their communities and even their lives. Mercy Corps is helping young people prepare for and adapt to our changing climate.
Pax World shareholders help make our work possible through the Pax World Global Citizen Program, which earmarks portions of dividends and/or capital gains to our organization. To all Pax World shareholders, thank you for your ongoing partnership and support.
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