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Colombia: Children find brighter futures off the streets
Espacios para Crecer, or Spaces to Grow, uses education to fight child labor in Bogotá's most impoverished neighborhoods.
DR Congo: Fighting the cholera epidemic in emergency camps
Cholera is raging across the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the last year, more than 22,000 people have been infected – 1,600 of those in the last four weeks alone.
Haiti: From relief to recovery: Images from two years in Haiti
Ten best photos of 2011
I uploaded over 15,000 images to our photo library this year and discarded thousands more. These are the 10 that stuck in my mind, all of them memorable in their own way. Mercy Corps responded to several emergencies in 2011, the first being the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March.
Haiti: Art therapy camp for Port-au-Prince youth
This past August, we took 20 school-age children to a mountainside retreat outside Port-au-Prince for six days of activities designed to heal emotional wounds from the 2010 earthquake.
Iraq: Images from the Iraq Storytelling Workshop
Mercy Corps recently held a writing and photography workshop for 22 staffers from all over Iraq. On the second day of training, they had the chance to visit three villages around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk to do interviews and take photographs.
Best of the 2010 Mercy Corps Photo Library
This year, over 12,000 images were submitted to me by our professionals in the field as well as Mercy Corps staff members. Of that number, I tagged less than 2,000 as above average in quality.
China: All-China Youth Federation Delegation to Oregon, June 2010
Mercy Corps has worked with the All-China Youth Federation (ACYF) to develop the Social Innovator Leadership Program.
Colombia: Sowing Seeds of Hope
During our six days in Colombia we saw extreme poverty and conflict side-by-side with hope, courage and empowerment. But most of all, we saw the seeds of lasting change taking hold.
India: The beginning of learning more
When I was in Assam last month visiting with women in our literacy programs, I heard the same sentiment over and over again: the women want to learn more now. Some want to learn English or develop their abilities in their native Assamese — but mostly they have gained confidence in their ab