Mercy Tech Mission (MTM) works with existing humanitarian organizations currently operating in developing countries.
Often these organizations have local staff or community contacts who would benefit from focused, intensive training in a skill or trade. MTM provides that training component.
Our volunteers work alongside these individuals on a one-to-one basis, teaching theory as well as providing practical, hands-on experience. Not only does the existing organization immediately benefit from having better-trained staff, but the skills learned by the students enable them to provide for their families in the years to come.
What does a typical project look like?
Existing or proposed projects by on-the-ground humanitarian organizations provide the perfect opportunity for MTM volunteers to teach their skills to others. Projects may include but are not limited to the following:
Construction: Erect new buildings or complete existing structures, such as health clinics, homes for the poor, schools, churches, etc. This could include all aspects of construction, such as planning, excavating, bricklaying, framing, roofing, cement finishing, plumbing, or wiring.
This could also include the repair and maintenance of generators, aircraft, water pumps, and other mechanical devices as required.
IT: The repair and maintenance of local computers and networks, assisting with programming needs, and providing training in computer skills.
Other: MTM will consider other types of projects based on local need, such as providing clean water, assisting with local farming operations, arts and crafts/small business start-up, etc.