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Global Sistergoods Gives to Mercy Corps/Darfur for International Women’s Day


Mercy Corps to Recieve 10% of March Sales to Aid Displaced Families

PORTLAND, OR, March 07, 2007----Mercy Corps’ work with refugee families in the Sudan will be given a boost by an Oregon business. Global Sistergoods, online retailer of women’s crafts from around the world, will donate 10% of total sales for the month of March to aid women and children in the war-torn Darfur region.

“International Women’s Day is March 8, and what better way to observe it than to raise awareness of the vital services Mercy Corps provides for the women of Darfur?” asked Beth Kapsch, co-owner of Global Sistergoods. Mercy Corps serves over 117,000 displaced persons in the Zalengi corridor by improving sanitation to mitigate the risk of infectious diseases, providing skills training to refugee women, and offering therapy and counseling for vulnerable women and children. “But one day is not enough,” said Kapsch, “and so we are encouraging our customers to learn about this work throughout the month.”

“There are tremendous humanitarian needs in Darfur,” said Mercy Corps CEO Neal Keny-Guyer. “And Mercy Corps is thrilled that the owners and customers of Global Sistergoods are joining us in the effort to ease human suffering there.”

Global Sistergoods is a sister-owned business that ethically trades women-made crafts from developing countries, and aims to educate consumers about women’s economic, social and political issues internationally. “Our emphasis is on women’s economic empowerment and self-reliance,” said Kristi Jo Lewis, co-owner. “Time and time again, experience ahs shown that investing in women means investing in the future. Women who are economically empowered ensure the children are educated, that food is on the table, and that stability is restored.”

Mercy Corps works amid disasters, conflicts, chronic poverty and instability to unleash the potential of people who can win against nearly impossible odds. Since 1979, Mercy Corps has provided more than $1 billion in assistance to people in 94 nations. Supported by headquarters offices in North America, Europe, and Asia, the agency’s unified global programs employ nearly 3,200 staff worldwide and reach more than 13.5 million people in nearly 40 countries. Over the past five years, more than 90 percent of the agency’s resources have been allocated directly to programs that help people in need.


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