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Mercy Corps Seeks to Expand Its Services

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by jill moss
2007-8-26

this is the voa special english development report.

often, when a natural disaster strikes, one of the first groups to offer help is mercy corps. this american nonprofit organization has assisted people in more than one hundred countries.

it grew out of the save the refugees fund. a man named dan o'neill started that organization in nineteen seventy-nine. he wanted to help cambodians who fled the rule of pol pot and the khmer rouge.

soon, he established mercy corps with the help of another man, ellsworth culver. today it has programs in more than thirty countries.

a man holds a baby near a destroyed house in the town of pisco, peru, 16 aug. 2007

joy portella is the head of communications for mercy corps. she says the strengths of the group lie, first of all, in emergency relief services. for example, mercy corps partnered with a local aid group to provide help to families affected by the deadly earthquake this month in peru.

mercy corps also works in areas of conflict such as afghanistan, iraq and darfur, sudan.

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