Merlin's work with Trusts and Foundations
How can you support Merlin?
How do we work with Trust and Foundations?
• We are happy to meet with you to discuss your interests.
• We will provide you with detailed reports, case studies and photos.
• We offer opportunities to meet our expert medical teams and field staff.
• We can arrange field visits to see our work first hand.
• We can demonstrate our accountability.
A big part of Merlin’s work around the world is in emergency situations – following conflict or a natural disaster. Unfortunately, these days, emergencies are occurring more frequently than ever.
When an emergency strikes, Merlin focuses on the needs of the most vulnerable groups: young children, pregnant women and the elderly. Our first priority is to provide primary health care, nutrition and surgical support.
When an emergency occurs, we need to respond quickly. This is when we turn to our emergency funders, who enable us to provide life saving treatment.
The Leach Fourteenth Trust allows us to rely on them when we need their support the most. In recent years, they have supported our emergency work in Haiti, following the 2010 earthquake, our response to the Pakistan flooding in late 2010 and the scaling up of our health and nutrition programmes in East Africa food crisis of 2011.
Merlin has ongoing programmes in 16 of the world’s poorest countries. These programmes are helping to save the lives of vulnerable children, pregnant women and new mothers. We are also training local health workers so they can deliver quality care as doctors, nurses, mid-wives or health awareness leaders.
We work with the Ministry of Health to ensure sustainability and commitment from the local community. It is always our mission to hand over services to the local communities once they have the capacity and the skills to provide accessible, quality healthcare.
The Aqualung Trust has been a committed supporter of Merlin’s work since 2005. In 2009 they supported the construction of two health clinics in the remote Rolpa districts of Nepal. With their funding, we have provided thousands of people access to essential health care; recently, these clinics have been taken over fully by the local health authorities.
At Merlin, core funding is vital, as it enables us to:
• spend our money where our experts feel it is needed the most.
• fund programmes in “unpopular” areas of the world.
• invest in fundraising, which generates large amounts of key funds for Merlin.
• generate larger donations from institutional supporters (for example DfID and the EU).
• respond to emergencies immediately, rather than waiting to secure funding from donors first.
The Schroder Foundation gives us flexibility on how we spend their donations, so that we can respond to the most urgent issues as and when we need to.
Some emergencies capture media and public attention, others do not. Merlin’s Emergency Response Fund is there to assist with all of them: it means we can act in hours rather than days.
With our Emergency Response Fund, Merlin can respond to emergencies throughout the year, regardless of size or location. Readily available funds allow for faster responses, as we don’t need to wait for support from a public appeal.
By supporting this fund you will help us to react immediately and increase the resilience of a country, thus reducing the effects of a disaster. Providing emergency medical relief can, for example, help stop the outbreak of a cholera epidemic before it reaches its peak.
The Clothworkers’ Foundation has been a partner of our Emergency Response Fund since 2010. This progressive, forward thinking trust has helped us to reduce the impact of the malaria epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo, support Ivory Coast refugees in Liberia and provide families in Chad with emergency feeding.
There are a number of ways your organisation can partner with Merlin to save lives
Together, we can help communities to rebuild health care facilities and train individuals in life saving skills.
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