Haiti: Helping ensure that small Haitian businesses can start over April 18, 2010
One of Mercy Corps’ first interventions in Haiti was engaging in a partnership with Fonkoze, a leading Haitian microfinance institution that works with women.
Ethiopia: How did Mercy Corps turn rain from foe back to friend in Ethiopia? April 17, 2010
Ethiopia has long struggled with food insecurity. With generous support from USAID, Mercy Corps has just completed the first year of a three-year effort to improve food security in some of Ethiopia’s most vulnerable regions.
Inspire mom with a Mercy Kit, earrings and the stories behind them April 16, 2010
I love Mother's Day. No, I'm not a mother myself — but I love a day that makes me stop to appreciate the person who has the most to do with the person I am today. Because, let's face it — none of us really do it enough.
Balancing theories with real action April 16, 2010
As a first-year master’s candidate at The Fletcher School, I am surrounded by people passionate about human security, the development gap and seemingly interminable conflict that can spring from unaddressed root causes.
Dispatch from Hualpén, Chile April 15, 2010
People are still living in tents 48 days after the earthquake in Chile. Fish is a source of income in Talcahuano, and many people lost their homes and they can’t go back to the sea for fishing. Boats are still in the main street — the tsunami destroyed their dreams.
Afghanistan: Almonds for Afghanistan: A farmer tries his hand at a high-value crop April 15, 2010
I picked my way gingerly though the rows of young, green wheat as our host, farmer Ahmed Shah*, the Mercy Corps project manager and a few agriculture experts strode ahead across the field.
China: Earthquake devastates China's Qinghai Province April 14, 2010
Earlier today, a 6.9 earthquake struck one of China's westernmost provinces, killing at least 400 people and injuring thousands.
Kenya: Reconciliation after violence April 14, 2010
The Mercy Corps program in Kenya is all about reconciliation after the period of violence in late 2007 and early 2008.
Spreading the good word of storytelling April 12, 2010
I spend most of each workday for Mercy Corps either writing or editing stories. This past weekend, I got to teach a class on why stories matter for all of us.
United States: Make sure they hear from us about hunger April 8, 2010
Getting a bunch of advocacy staff from dozens of organizations to all work on the same thing at the same time is a bit like herding cats. That’s what I spent my day doing yesterday.