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Mercy Beyond Borders

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Economic Development, Education, International, International Economic Development, International Migration & Refugee Issues, Microfinance, Women, Womens Rights

Mission: Forging ways for women and girls in extreme poverty to learn, connect and lead.

Target demographics: women and girls in extreme poverty

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 1,000 women and girls

Geographic areas served: SOUTH SUDAN, UGANDA, KENYA, HAITI & MALAWI

Programs: through education, scholarships, leadership and human rights advocacy training, skills development, women's economic advancement and health care.

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27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Mercy Beyond Borders (MBB) serves women and girls where many nonprofits will not, in the most desperate of places in the world. I am a donor and a board member. I can assure you that every dollar sent to MBB is received and spent with integrity to its mission. Its work rescues girls from child marriages by providing education and lodging as an alternative. Its work lifts women from the savages of destitution through its successful micro-enterprise programs. These are just two of MBB's initiatives to empower women and girls. I urge you to learn more about MBB's hope-filled work and to get involved. https://www.mercybeyondborders.org/

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Mercy Beyond Borders 09/28/2021

Julie, thank you for taking the time to share your feedback! We are so grateful to have a strong board, and with very engaged members like YOU! Your support is truly transformational. Thank you!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mercy Beyond Borders is exceptionally effective at their mission of forging ways for women and young girls to learn, connect, and lead. They have helped young girls and women in Malawi, Haiti, Uganda, and South Sudan get a high school diploma, go to university, start a business, and become leaders in their own community. Sister Marilyn Lacey runs the organization with efficiency, strength, and compassion. Mercy Beyond Borders is not only effective in achieving their mission, they are also fiscally sound and have a strong and supportive board.

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Mercy Beyond Borders 09/28/2021

Thank you, Kathie! We are so grateful for YOU, and your commitment to MBB. You're making such a difference in the lives of the women and girls you support. You are a star!

Leslie H.3

Donor

Rating: 5

Mercy Beyond Borders' commitment to educating and empowering girls and women is inspirational. Beginning with work in South Sudan, MBB has expanded to Haiti, Malawi, Kenya, and Uganda.

It is well known that the path out of poverty begins with a good education. But MBB takes this to the next level, instilling its scholars with leadership skills as well. MBB also has a micro-enterprise program, enabling women to run businesses to support themselves and their families in displacement camps.

When I donate to MBB, I am confident that the money goes directly to those in need. For that reason, I am a HeartBeat monthly supporter. I highly encourage others to join this program (https://www.mercybeyondborders.org/the-heartbeat) as well!

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Mercy Beyond Borders 09/28/2021

Dear Leslie, Thank you so much for sharing your feedback! Yes, education is key to ending the cycle of poverty, but it's so much more than that which is why we use a case-management approach, and yes- leadership training as well! We are so grateful for your continued engagement with our mission. Thank you for being a HeartBeat member!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a financial supporter of Mercy Beyond Borders for several years, and have also visited their location in Gros Morne, Haiti, where I was able to see for myself the wonderful things they are doing there. Sister Marilyn Lacey, the founder, is doing amazing work. She is an inspiration to me, and I believe she would be an inspiration to all who meet her .

I originally came to know of MBB's efforts in Haiti, but was impressed to learn that they help girls and women in several countries in Africa as well. Because of the efforts of this organization, many girls have access to education, can avoid forced marriages, and may develop ways of supporting themselves and their families.

I like supporting organizations that help people in third-world countries, both because the people in these countries need so much help, but also because my contribution goes much further than it would in a more developed part of the world. Thank you, MBB, for everything that you do!

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Mercy Beyond Borders 09/28/2021

Dear Judy, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback. We are so grateful to have such committed and engaged supporters like you! You're absolutely right! Your dollars really do go so much further in the countries we work. Thank YOU for nurturing the future leaders of South Sudan, Haiti, Uganda, Kenya & Malawi!

Donor

Rating: 5

Mercy Beyond Borders is an incredibly dedicated and focused organization who helps the women and girls in areas where it is most needed. These women are in the most difficult situations and Sr Marilyn and her team are extremely focused on changing their lives. The local leaders that have been trained by Mercy Beyond Borders have a direct impact educating, training, mentoring, and offering opportunities that make such a difference where it is needed most. I am so impressed with this organization.

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Mercy Beyond Borders 09/28/2021

Thank you so much for sharing your feedback! These young women then grow up as leaders who advocate for change within their own communities. We are so grateful for your support!

Donor

Rating: 5

Mercy Beyond Borders is doing exceptional work in uplifting women and girls from extreme poverty my means of education. I have the distinct pleasure of knowing Sr. Marylin and Lizzie Hancock and seeing first hand the impact that their work has had on the women and girls in Haiti, South Sudan, Malawi and beyond. I am completely at awe and so humbled by the work that MBB does. Please donate to this amazing nonprofit as every little amount helps directly impact the precious life of women and girls in these impoverished countries.

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Mercy Beyond Borders 09/21/2021

Dear Fedora, Thank you so much for sharing your feedback! We are so grateful that you're a part of our community. Thank you for transforming lives!

Donor

Rating: 5

Sr. Marilyn does wonderful work with young girls and women in Haiti and Africa. Because of her and her team, these young girls are given the opportunity to work hard at school and dare to dream of what they will do with that education. It opens the door for them to become anything they want to be.

Her kindness, dedication and hard work is changing lives…not only in Haiti and Africa, but for anyone who has ever had the chance to meet her.

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Mercy Beyond Borders 09/21/2021

Thanks so much for leaving a review. We are so grateful for your ongoing support! Sr. Marilyn is a force to be reckoned with!

Donor

Rating: 5

A great way to support and encourage disadvantaged women and girls in poorer countries. The best thing about MBB is that they directly affect the lives of individual girls and women, supporting and sponsoring them through school and college to gain professional qualifications. Then MBB encourage these trained and established 'leaders' to go back into their impoverished countries and affect real change! Get involved today and donate to MBB or ask Lizzie (my beautiful daughter, who works there) to let you know how you can contribute monthly to sponsor an individual lady or program. You'll be glad you did!
Charles

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Mercy Beyond Borders 09/21/2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback. We are so grateful for your support!

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Mercy Beyond Borders 09/21/2021

You're so right! Our goal is that these young women will grow up as leaders who make real change within their communities and beyond!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to MBB for a number of years and am completely overwhelmed with the amazing work that Marilyn and her team do in several of the most under-resourced and disadvantaged countries. I am a social worker andhave predominantly worked with women and children experiencing abuse. The support that MBB provides to girls and women is life-changing for those that are directly impacted and the generations of women and children that will continue to benefit from this work.

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Mercy Beyond Borders 09/20/2021

Dear Felicity, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience. We are so grateful for your unwavering dedication to transforming the lives of women and girls from all over the world! We're thrilled you're a part of our MBB family

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Mercy Beyond Borders (MBB) is a highly efficient operation. I have known the founder and executive director, Sister Marilyn Lacey, for over 10 years. Sister Marilyn earned a MSW graduate degree from Berkeley. Honored in person by the Dalai Lama as an “Unsung Hero of Compassion, Global Winner of $1 million Opus Prize in 2017, National Purpose Prize Fellow, AARP and Honoree, “Hear Her Songs” concert at National Gallery, Washington DC. She is also a tough person we travelled over 100 hours in a pickup in two weeks all over the rutted roads of Africa. I have had the opportunity to visit all of MBB’s programs except Malawi which is a relatively new partnership. MBB operates efficiently and in the most difficult locations in the world. I have viewed the transformational impact and am a board member, donor and even included MBB in my will.

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Mercy Beyond Borders 08/12/2021

Chris, you bring such value to MBB. The direct impact that you have on the lives of those we support is transformational. Sr. Marilyn is indeed our fearless leader, who has dedicated her whole life to bringing mercy to others. We are so grateful for all the ways you so generously give to MBB. We truly can't thank you enough!

Donor

Rating: 5

Why do I donate whenever I can to Mercy Beyond Borders? It is really quite simple: My heart has been touched by the newsletters including letters from the young women students, and the photos of them. I so admire Sr. Marilyn Lacey's determination and dedication to provide shelter, protection, and an education that inspires the women to study and succeed in applying for fine positions to improve the many needs in their countries. I have heard many of Sister Marilyn's presentation on the situations in the countries where Mercy Beyond Borders is located. I hope your hearts will be touched as you learn more about this outstanding ministry and the fine consequences for the many women who have been in the programs offered by Mercy Beyond Borders.
Sincerely, Sister Rosann Fraher, RSM

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Mercy Beyond Borders 10/23/2020

Dear Sr. Rosann, thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback. We are so grateful for your support over the years. What a joy to know that our mission means as much to you as it does to us! We couldn't do it without your support!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough amazing things about Mercy Beyond Borders. Sister Sr. Marilyn Lacey is a truly beautiful human with vision and experience and savvy enough to move mountains and create big change. Her mission is big and bold and MBB is truly doing the hard work and filling great needs in this world. Thank you MBB and Sr. Marilyn!

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Mercy Beyond Borders 10/23/2020

Beth, thank you so much for taking the time and sharing your feedback! We are SO grateful for your continued support over the years, as are the countless women and girls whose lives you've transformed!

Donor

Rating: 5

Mercy Beyond Borders is founded and led by Sr. Marilyn Lacey, who has (with the support of caring donors) begun to change the trajectory of an entire country by being the first to provide education to girls and women in South Sudan, in areas untouched by other organizations because it is too dangerous. Former students have become nurses and come back to care for students at the school. MBB is now doing great work in Haiti, in refugee camps in Northern Ugada, and Malawi as well. Sr. Marilyn is financially efficient and smart, supporting the girls and women in meaningful ways that allow them to become educated, independent, and self-sustainable long term. Sr. Marilyn & MBB’s substantial impact deserves recognition and support.

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Mercy Beyond Borders 10/19/2020

Thanks so much for sharing! We believe that every girl and woman, no matter where she lives, deserves an education so that she can not only choose her own future, but become an advocate for change in her community and country! As you mentioned, we couldn't do it without the support of caring donors like you! Thank you!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MBB has done amazing work for a small non-profit barely over a decade old. It is now expanding beyond Haiti and South Sudan into northern Uganda and Malawi. Working in South Sudan is definitely not for the faint hearted (especially working on behalf of women and girls) and this non-profit has stayed through thick and thin, even following refugees to the camps in Northern Uganda. It can now point to women graduates who are returning to or staying in South Sudan as nurses, etc. In Haiti MBB initiated a way to continue educational services for girls during COVID, using a local radio station, in lieu of supporting them in schools.
I have been a donor/volunteer with MBB since its beginning and can attest to its high standards and dogged perseverance.

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Mercy Beyond Borders 10/19/2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback. We are so grateful to have such dedicated supporters like you who are transforming the lives of so many young women and girls!

Kati M.

Donor

Rating: 5

This amazing organizations empowers women in two areas of the world of the most need. All the resources they receive are poured into the girls and women they serve. The work they do raises not only the women but entire communities out of ignorance and poverty.

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Mercy Beyond Borders 10/14/2020

Kati, thanks so much for sharing your feedback! We are so grateful for your support in transforming the lives of those we serve! "When women learn, women matter. Then EVERYTHING changes!!"

Donor

Rating: 5

As long time regular donors to Mercy Beyond Borders, we find it to be one of the most effective ways we can reach out to help impoverished women and girls out of extreme poverty! We have been called by our faith to care for those Jesus calls "the least of these," and Mercy Beyond Borders gives us a way help live out our calling!

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Mercy Beyond Borders 10/14/2020

Edie, what would we do without you?! We are forever grateful for your continued dedication to transforming the lives of the women and girls you support overseas. Thank you so much for sharing!

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an incredible organization. I know how they spend their money and it makes me feel good to know that the money I donate goes to help women and children improve their lives. I have watched MBB for 10 years and am continually impressed with the work they do and all the women and children they help. MBB is wonderful about sending updates and emails to share the progress they are making. Thank you MBB for the wonderful work you do!

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Mercy Beyond Borders 10/14/2020

Kitty, we are SO grateful for your unwavering support in uplifting the women and girls we serve overseas. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback!

Donor

Rating: 5

MBB has made such a difference in the lives of women and girls in Sudan and Haiti! Great organization!

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Mercy Beyond Borders 10/14/2020

Our wonderful supporters like YOU, is what makes MBB so impactful. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of so many young women and girls overseas.

Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve been a long time supporter of Mercy Beyond Borders & am so impressed with the work of Sr. Marilyn & her team! The stories of women & young girls she has helped to escape poverty & forced marriages has been so inspiring & encouraging. MBB has clearly had an impact on a part of the world forgotten by many. I’m happy to be a supporter!!

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Mercy Beyond Borders 10/14/2020

Thank you for taking your time to share your experience. We are so grateful for your continued support over the years, as are all the young women of whom lives you have helped transform!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love MBB! The money we donate goes directly to women and girls who are in desperate need of support, directed by Sister Marilyn Lacey who has gone to the sites and knows the support most needed by these women. It is also important to me that MBB is not a huge bureaucracy with donated funds disappearing who knows where. Our donations, for example, support young women-scholars so they can stay close to their schools in Haiti and complete their education. Our donations help girls at St. Bakhita's school in South Sudan, the only school for girls in the country, not only receive an education but also avoid early marriages. Our donations help women in Haiti learn skills like baking and sewing that allow them to make money and help support their families. MBB is a truly worthy nonprofit and a shining example of mercy in action.

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Mercy Beyond Borders 08/26/2020

We love you too! Thanks so much for sharing. You are transforming the lives of so many young women and girls, giving them hope for a brighter future!

Catherine O.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Oh what MBB accomplishes with very little money! No high paid CEO's or fundraisers but LIFE SAVING and community changing results. The power of educated women! Sr. Marilyn saw a desperate need and with our help is filling it. Women are the future for a safe and sane world and MBB is making sure they get the education and training to do it.

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Mercy Beyond Borders 08/26/2020

Catherine, thank you for taking your time to share your experience. We are so grateful for your continued support over the years, as are all the young women of whom lives you have helped transform!

Carol  N.

Donor

Rating: 5

Mercy Beyond Borders helps women rise up and be beautiful and strong. This ethos and caring people like those at MBB helped my daughter rebuild her broken life into onweed of strength and beauty beyond what we could have imagine.

I look at these lovely women of all ages that MBB helps, and I see the potential in THEM. Making a difference to one womans life can improve the lives of so many. I passionately support MBB.

I am confident that the money I give is handled with integrity and goes to the most use possible.

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Mercy Beyond Borders 08/26/2020

Carol, thank you for sharing your experience. We believe that every girl and woman deserves an education so she can choose her own future, and help change the lives of others. We are so grateful for your support!

Donor

Rating: 5

In addition to being long time donors, my wife and I volunteered at English Language Summer Camps in Haiti for the girls that MBB supports. We saw first hand the impact of our our donations. Eye opening doesn't begin to describe what we observed. I saw the 85 year old woman that Sr. Marilyn talks about writing on the chalkboard, ABSOLUTELY DETERMINED to write her name. Rest assured, each and every penny that you're able to donate will be put to good use.

When women learn, women matter.
Then everything changes!

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Mercy Beyond Borders 08/26/2020

We are so grateful for your unwavering support! Thank you for all you do to uplift the women and girls we serve!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The founder Sr Marilyn Lacey is an inspirational,dedicated,expert,and visionary re displaced women in poorest countries.The Board and volunteers are mission-driven and committed.The cause is moving and important.and MBB approaches to providing aid and hope are pragmatic and well grounded.

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Rating: 5

A great new non-profit with very low overhead that benefits refugees in selected developing countries. Run by an experienced person who maximizes her contacts and has a hands-on approach.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

The women of Sudan have proven their moral, physical, and emotional stamina in the face of the wars and environmental challenges imposed upon them and their children. MBB addresses the needs of these women today as they forge to re-establish their identity and that of their country. Perhaps no other avenue to self-reliance equips women more than education; young girls afforded the opportunity to access the web to broaden their learning, or mothers/grandmother tackling the beginnings of running a self-sustaining small business. These are long-term benefits realized by MBB through both first hand knowledge of the plight of women and children of Southern Sudan and in collaboration with the Mercy Congregation who since 1831, have responded pragmatically to the needs of women and children in need of fundamental human rights. MBB is in communication with Sudanese local communities and listens with mind and heart in order to provide them with their identified requirements that can best break the cycles of poverty, neglect and ignorance brought about through prolonged sufferings. As a high school educator I have had the opportunity to bring greater awareness of concerns of the Sudanese children to the mind-scope of young American students. Moved by the goals of MBB, the expertise of its Director, and long-lasting commitment of the Mercy Congregation, these young students have initiated programs to raise funds for this worthy cause. They know that MBB funds go directly to the people in need to assist them in implementing life-long goals which can be generated from generation to generation. In past activities, funds were designated for St. Bakita School in Sudan. Our US students saw immediate results of their efforts in the implementation of newer learning equipment to the school. I would want to see MBB continue its fine work and in future, perhaps open up more opportunities for US volunteers to labor hand-in-hand with those women and children whose lives MBB seeks to enhance.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have seen how MBB works directly with women in South Sudan enabling them to achieve their goals. A young woman, in a culture that expects girls to be married early and to find their place only in the home, finds a place in school. A school is supported to provide a more encouraging and healthy environment for girls. Women returning home after war, hoping in the fragile peace agreed by their leaders, receive funding for income-generating activities around which their families will learn to thrive once more. Responding to the aspirations of local communities, and working through Church personnel, including members of the worldwide Mercy Congregation, MBB is addressing problems of poverty, ignorance and neglect and thus contributing to long-term peace and stability of the region. Previous to the founding of MBB, members of the organisation have visited the area over a decade during the war, and in the years of peace since 2005, and know the communities well. They have worked closely too with many others forced to flee their homes to seek refuge in USA. They are trusted and well-regarded friends with a good understanding of the current situation in Southern Sudan.