Mercy Corps Niger Food Crisis

Responding to disasters

In the event of a natural disaster, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation supports immediate emergency relief efforts, with a focus on the provision of water, sanitation and hygiene services for the affected populations. The Hilton Foundation is also interested in addressing the often neglected medium- and long-term recovery needs of communities impacted by the disaster, as well as supporting preparedness initiatives. The Foundation places no geographical limits on the support it provides for natural disaster relief and recovery.

Since 1989, the Foundation has awarded $23 million to support relief, recovery and preparedness programs for international and domestic disasters.  In all of our work in this sector, the Foundation emphasizes the importance of following internationally accepted standards and best practices.

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Sahel Food Crisis (2012)

The 2012 food crisis in the Sahel region of Africa has put approximately 15 million people, including over one million children, at risk of malnutrition.  The Hilton Foundation awarded grants of $250,000 to Mercy Corps and $250,000 to Catholic Relief Services in support of those organizations' work to improve affected populations' resilience to food insecurity in the Tillaberi region of Niger.

Philippines Tropical Storm (2011)

In December 2011, Tropical Storm Washi struck the Philippines' Mindanao island, causing flooding that killed more than 1,250 people and rendered at least 20,000 homeless.  The Hilton Foundation provided $41,500 to Lutheran World Relief to support that organization's emergency water provision services for affected residents of the Cagayan de Oro area.

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Horn of Africa (2011)

The severe drought that has affected East Africa prompted a severe food crisis across Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya in mid-2011.  To support activties assisting famine-affected refugees in Dadaab, Kenya, the Hilton Foundation provided $2,250,000 to the following organizations:

  • Oxfam America was awarded $1 million for water provisions in Kambioos Refugee Camp;
  • Catholic Relief Services received $500,000 for sanitation and hygiene activities in Kambioos Refugee Camp;
  • AmeriCares was given $250,000 for a Cholera Outbreak Preparedness project in partnership with the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research.

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Japan earthquake and tsunami (2011)

Following the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011, the Hilton Foundation awarded $50,000 to Direct Relief International toward its provision of emergency medical relief resources for affected populations.

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Pakistan floods (2010)

In response to widespread flooding in Pakistan that affected 12.5 million people, the Hilton Foundation awarded $750,000 to support the work of the following organizations:

  • Oxfam America was given $400,000 toward its provision of emergency phase water and sanitation activities, including distribution of safe water and construction of latrines, as well as recovery phase activities including longer-term water, sanitation and agriculture livelihoods projects;
  • BRAC USA received $100,000 toward its provision of emergency water and sanitation activities, including the digging of new wells and construction of latrines;
  • International Medical Corps was given $100,000 for its delivery of emergency medical treatment and distribution of emergency medicines and hygiene supplies;
  • Merlin USA received $150,000 to support its malaria treatment and prevention activities, including case management, surveillance and vector control.

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Haiti earthquake (2010)

After Haiti was traumatized by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake in January 2010, the Hilton Foundation responded by awarding $1,075,000 to the following organizations:

  • Partners In Health received $550,000 toward its provision of emergency medical relief and establishment of a facility to support the recovery of orphaned and vulnerable children affected by the earthquake.
  • Catholic Relief Services was given $148,000 for implementation of an emergency water, sanitation and hygiene program.
  • International Medical Corps received $25,000 to support its provision of emergency relief, logistics coordination and children's services.
  • The Global Fund for Children was awarded $275,000 over three years to deliver critical services for vulnerable, earthquake-affected children, with a focus on orphans and children affected by AIDS.
  • William J. Clinton Foundation was given $77,000 toward the transport of a large shelter structure.

Foundation President and CEO Steve Hilton visited Haiti as part of our efforts. Learn more.

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Hurricane Katrina / New Orleans recovery (2005-2010)

The Foundation provided $6 million in grants for relief in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and has provided $4 million in grants to-date to support the recovery of New Orleans.

  • $1.5 million went to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, which set up a special account on behalf of the Greater New Orleans Foundation to receive funds for New Orleans hurricane relief.
  • Hilton Foundation grants of $2.5 million and $1 million went to The Salvation Army and the American Red Cross, respectively, for the coordination of immediate relief across the region.
  • In addition, we awarded a $1 million grant to the Foundation for the Mid-South toward that foundation's Hurricane Katrina Recovery and Restoration Fund, which it developed to help nonprofit organizations along the Gulf Coast.
  • In August 2007, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation joined a group of national foundations led by the Rockefeller Foundation in providing $2.5 million to the Community Revitalization Fund of the Greater New Orleans Foundation to strengthen the affordable housing sector in New Orleans, increase housing production, promote smart growth principles, and build the Greater New Orleans Foundation's ability to respond to future challenges.
  • Also in August 2007, the Hilton Foundation contracted with the Initiative for Regional and Community Transformation to research opportunities for grantmaking in three key areas related to recovery: early child development, homelessness, and small enterprise development. Based on this research, we directed recovery grants of $228,000 to UNITY of Greater New Orleans, a collaborative that provides housing and multiple services for people experiencing homelessness, and $1.3 million to the United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area to support the Bridge to Quality Program, designed by the Greater New Orleans Rebuild Child Care Collaborative to help rebuild quality childcare centers that meet requirements for the 2007 School Readiness tax incentives.

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