Pax World’s Global Citizen Program enables Pax World shareholders to earmark portions of their dividends and/or capital gains as a contribution to one of two non-profit organizations that are working to alleviate poverty, empower women, and promote sustainable development around the globe: Mercy Corps and Women Thrive Alliance.
Mercy Corps is a global humanitarian organization empowering people to recover from crisis, build better lives and transform their communities for good. Below is an update from the Mercy Corps team on how they are making a positive impact on the world.
When so many global crises take place at once, it can be challenging to feel like you’re making a difference. In 2017, wars ravaged communities around the world. Hunger put millions of lives at risk. Natural disasters destroyed homes and livelihoods.
Still, despite all this, one fact cannot be shadowed: We have so much to be proud of this year.
In 2017, Mercy Corps changed the lives of nearly 22 million people in more than 40 countries around the world — because Pax World and their shareholders were determined to help.
Mercy Corps is a global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In more than 40 countries around the world, we work directly with leaders and changemakers on the ground – focusing especially on women and young people – to build local strength and stability.
Below are just some of the ways our partnership made the world better in 2017.
By attending cooking demonstrations taught by one of their peers, empowered women in Ethiopia learned how to cook more nutritious foods and take charge of their families’ health. “If I demonstrate and take the lead, the community is eager to learn,” says Halima, the demonstration leader. Photo: Sean Sheridan for Mercy Corps
In many places around the world, women and girls have unequal access to the resources they need to achieve all they are capable of — things like information, money, jobs, education and land. But we know a better world starts when everyone has tools to thrive.
Thanks to our partnership, we helped more than 10 million women and girls improve their education, health, leadership opportunities and livelihoods, empowering them to build stronger lives, families and communities.
Tens of thousands of women in countries like Tajikistan, Pakistan, Uganda and Ethiopia can take control of their health with better access to medical services and knowledge about nutrition, family planning and hygiene. And tens of thousands more in places like Nigeria received vocational and technical training to start small businesses.
Collectively, we stood with millions of vulnerable women and girls to prove the difficult world they live in is still a world of possibility.
Pax World helped us reach thousands of young people in Guatemala City, one of the world’s most dangerous cities to grow up in, with violence-prevention activities like student council, which teaches kids how to become leaders, set goals and make positive change in their communities. Photo: Corinna Robbins for Mercy Corps
Young people are the next generation of teachers, doctors, scientists and leaders — and the support they receive today will determine who they become tomorrow.
Unfortunately, so many children who should be learning, playing and growing are caught in crisis or don’t have the resources they need to reach their full abilities.
Our partnership lifted 11 million of the world’s most vulnerable children up with the resources and support they needed – when they needed it most. This includes sending almost 200,000 children to school and giving them the opportunity to have a bright, productive life. We connected over 160,000 young people to safe spaces, emotional support and other resources to help them overcome the stress of growing up amid crisis, like the war in Syria.
In Niger, one of the most difficult places to be female, we have equipped 3,000 young girls with the confidence to avoid child marriage, return to school, improve their nutrition and find their way out of poverty. And in so many more places around the world, children received a helping hand to keep them healthy, happy and on track to achieving their dreams.
Iman and her daughters Israa (left), 3, and Islam (right), 4, fled the war in Syria almost five years ago. As a single mother and a refugee, Iman struggled to provide for her girls in the temporary settlement where they live now in Lebanon — but Mercy Corps provided her with work that helped her earn an income and rent shelter for her family. Photo: Ezra Millstein/Mercy Corps
Every day vulnerable people are driven from their homes by conflict and disaster — this year even saw the highest number of displaced people on record. But that didn’t deter us. Through our partnership this past year, we’ve helped 3.8 million refugees and host community members in 24 countries survive and rebuild.
We reached 1.5 million people inside Syria with emergency food and lifesaving supplies. And after Boko Haram ravaged communities in northeast Nigeria, we supported 200,000 vulnerable people with food vouchers, cash and access to water and sanitation.
We faced many global challenges this year, but Pax World shareholders saw the possibility of change. Thank you for everything we accomplish together.