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Mercy Hands Europe is a youth and women-led, non-profit Swiss organisation that works to safeguard dignity, sustain human rights and build sustainable futures for people, particularly those who are the most vulnerable.

We implement humanitarian and development projects in disaster affected areas and impoverished communities, either directly through field missions, our sister organization, or other local partners.

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🩺 Did you know that a simple cup of hibiscus tea can work wonders for your cardiovascular health? Here are the benefits of this powerful holistic health product that nine refugees have been cultivating in the Domiz 2 Camp greenhouse! 🌺

📉 Lowering blood pressure: Hibiscus tea naturally lowers blood pressure and hypertensive effects thanks to its anthocyanins that relax the blood vessels

🛡️ Antioxidant powers:
Loaded with antioxidants, hibiscus tea fights off oxidative stress, keeping the blood vessels and heart safe from damage

🔁 Balancing cholesterol:
Hibiscus helps to not only lower bad cholesterol (LDL), but also boost the good kind (HDL). 🥇

🔥 Battling chronic inflammation:
Hibiscus tea`s anti-inflammatory properties reduce heart-harming inflammation, keeping the cardiovascular system, and thus your whole body moving well

🩸Boosting endothelial cells: This plant also bolsters the small but important cells that line the blood vessels to enable optimal blood flow and minimize blood clotting.

🌟 Right now at Domiz 2 Camp, nine refugees are nurturing their first crops of hibiscus alongside ginger and saffron to be distributed to 200 refugees with particularly acute cardiovascular health risks and also sold from their new holistic health micro-enterprise

Many thanks to @Mercy_Hands Organization and @Iraqi_IRADA for making this project a reality, and for our generous donors including the Commune de Jussy and Bernex 🙌

#HeartHealth #WellnessWarrior #agriculture #farming #herbalmedicine #withrefugees #trade4development #sustainabledevelopment #sustainablefarming #smallbusiness #Iraq #Kurdistan #Dohuk

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✨🌍 Celebrating the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI)!

🗓️ Every year on September 28th, we observe International Day for Universal Access to Information. It`s a day dedicated to raising awareness about the vital need for universal access to information and the fundamental right to freedom of expression.

🙌 Join us in recognizing the fundamental right to access information—a cornerstone for transparent, accountable, and empowered societies.

📱 Follow us to see the evolution of this new education project in Ethiopia!
Contact us at if you want to become a sponsor of this project.
#IDUAI #AccessToInformation
#FreedomOfInformation #TransparencyMatters #KnowledgeForAll #InformationRights #OpenAccess #EmpowerThroughInfo #GlobalAwareness #DigitalLiteracy #RightToKnow
#OpenData #unitednations #unitednationshumanrights #internationalday

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🌍 On World Tourism Day, celebrated each year on September 27, we aim to raise international awareness of the importance of tourism as a vital economic sector, and to promote tourism that is sustainable, environmentally friendly, culturally sensitive and socially equitable.

🇮🇶On this special day, we invite you to find out more about travel in Iraq, which is gradually opening up to global tourism and attracting more and more tourists from all over the world.

📍Through the ages, Iraq has retained its charm, rich history and stunning architecture. Here is an exhaustive list of the region`s most beautiful sites:
-The capital Baghdad, one of Iraq`s most remarkable cities, rich in palaces and mosques.
-The ziggurat of Ur, a Mesopotamian religious edifice.
-The city of Basra
-The Mesopotamian Marshes, also known as the Iraqi Marshes.
-The ruins of Babylon, under UNESCO protection since 2019.

In March 2021, Mercy Hands sister organizations ( @mercy_hands, Mercy Hands Europe, and @mercyhandsamerica ) launched an ecotourism program in South of Iraq. This includes all forms of nature tourism in which the tourist`s main motivation is to observe and appreciate nature and the traditional cultures that prevail in natural areas.

This video was made in collaboration with @csbiraq (7th Sense for Media and Arts Production (Iraqi private company)).

#worldtourismday #discover #Iraq #tourism #travel #awareness #environment #environmentallyfriendly #ecotourism

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📰New Article!

✅This year, we successfully completed the project "Ukrainian Resilience through Psychotherapy, Music, Sport and Games" in Tbilisi, Georgia. This project aimed to help Ukrainian refugee children and teenagers in Georgia and vulnerable Georgian children cope with post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health problems, through art therapy, psychotherapy and music and sports classes.

🎉To celebrate the positive results of our project, we would like to highlight through this short article the benefits of art therapy in humanitarian aid and international development projects.

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🎨Art therapy is a highly effective tool for helping children and adolescents cope with traumatic events from their past. In this short article, we present the benefits of art therapy and argue for a more systematic implementation of projects involving tools such as art therapy, focused on mental health and psychological well-being in international development and humanitarian aid projects.

🤍This project was possible thanks to the support of our sponsors, including @mercyhandsamerica.

#arttherapy #psychotherapy #psychology #art #children #teenagers #georgia #tbilisi #humanitarianprojects #mentalhealth #pschologicalwellbeing

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🇪🇹Update on the Situation in the Amhara Region, Ethiopia

We are pleased to share some uplifting updates on our recent activities :

🐑Among the 51 sheep-goat hybrids that 20 women were able to acquire, we have recorded a total of 8 new births, including 4 in the month of September. They are predominantly female and in good health.

☔️As the rainy season comes to an end, several postponed or delayed activities, including the support for small farmers with compost and pest control, will begin, while efforts to establish access to drinking water will soon be resumed.

🌳In regards to the rehabilitation of 11 hectares of gullies, we are pleased to announce that the survival rate of the planted seedlings is very good, signifying promising prospects for the future.

🙏Concerning the current situation in Ethiopia, with the ongoing conflict, we are relieved to report that everyone in the project area remains safe. However, there is still no access to the internet, and the use of roads continues to be challenging.

🤍 This project owes its realization to the generous support of our donors : @ville_de_geneve, EA Foundation and the commune of Chêne-Bourg.

#ethiopia #amhara #sheep #womenempowerment #agriculture #sustainableagriculture #wateraccess #sustainability #beekeeping #community #humanitarian

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🌺 Recorded at our greenhouse in Domiz 2 camp, here is the story of one refugee who will co-own the new micro-enterprise that will be established to sell hibiscus, saffron and ginger holistic health products produced by him and eight other refugees living in the community 🌿

📈 This project is building upon our pilot project that found the power of hibiscus tea to significantly lower the blood pressure of people living with hypertension in Domiz 1 camp. ➡️ We are now expanding the scope and sustainability of this project, as these individuals are now trained to cultivate these crops to produce such herbal tea and distribute these to 200 refugees particularly vulnerable to cardiovascular disease in the community. 🤸

🧑‍🌾 Bring on October for the harvest of the first hibiscus crops! 💪

💙 Thank you as always to our generous donors, including the Commune de Jussy, for making this possible. We are also so grateful to be partnering with @mercy_hands and @Iraqi_IRADA on this project.

#Withrefugees #herbalmedicine #tradeforpeace #farming #sustainabletrade #agriculture #iraq #kurdistan #syria

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