Mercy Corps Global
Mercy Corps is a global team of humanitarians working together on the front lines of today’s biggest crises to create a future of possibility, where everyone can prosper. Our mission: is to alleviate suffering, poverty, and oppression by helping people build secure, productive, and just communities. In more than 40+ countries around the world, over 5,400+ team members work side by side with people living through poverty, disaster, violent conflict, and the acute impacts of climate change.
Mercy Corps in Kyrgyzstan
In 1994 Mercy Corps became one of the first international non-governmental organizations to work in the newly independent Kyrgyzstan. Mercy Corps Kyrgyzstan attracted resources from more than 30 donor organizations, including the US, EU, and UK governments, UN, and private and corporate foundations, in the past 30 years to improve literacy and child nutrition, create access to clean drinking water, organize school orchards, provide emergency relief, address climate change, and build peace. Mercy Corps strategy for 2024-2027 in Kyrgyzstan aims at enhancing access to food, water, and natural resources while improving governance and conflict management capacity in vulnerable rural areas for resilient and inclusive communities.
Mercy Corps flagship McGovern-Dole Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) since 2012 aims to improve the literacy of primary school-age children and increase the use of best health, nutrition, and dietary practices among primary school students and their communities. In 2012-2021, the McGovern-Dole Program supported 510 schools to roll out nutrition-focused school feeding and provided 3,810 metric tons of supplemental commodities (fortified flour, rice, peas, and oil) to support over 100,000 children in kindergartens and primary schools across the country. In 2021, Mercy Corps started a new cycle of the program that will support over 400 schools reaching over 80,000 children with hot school meals.
The Program provides a combination of USDA-provided and locally purchased commodities to participating primary schools, modern kitchen equipment, and infrastructure rehabilitation, with full engagement of local authorities. Other program activities include the distribution of books and learning materials, WASH infrastructure rehabilitation, training for school cooks and administrations, establishing of school gardens, and social behavior change activities aimed at local healthcare workers and parents. The combination of policy advocacy, institutional capacity building, and infrastructure support to enable school feeding ensures the sustainability of literacy and nutritional gains for primary school-age children and primary schools. The program is aligned with the Kyrgyz Government’s new education strategy, the Law on Education, and its corollaries.
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