Uganda: After the bombings in Kampala, learning from survival July 21, 2010
When I prepared to come to Uganda this summer to do a peacebuilding evaluation with Mercy Corps, I prepared for danger. I was going to the northeastern region of Karamoja, where armed warriors raid cattle and ambush vehicles in a conflict punctuated by extreme poverty and marginalization.
Afghanistan: Greening Afghanistan July 20, 2010
I’m just going to say it — people think of Afghanistan as a pile of rocks. I see where the mental image comes from; photos on the news do seem to showcase the sand and rocks in their effort to capture the grittiness of soldiers at war. But I know an Afghanistan of a different color: green.
Haiti: Taking lessons learned from Nepal to Haiti July 18, 2010
In late April of this year, fresh on the job managing Mercy Corps’ cash-for-work program in Port-au-Prince, Kristina Carvonis was asked to go to Nepal.
Haiti: Photos from a busy day in Port-au-Prince July 16, 2010
Every day is a busy one for our team here, but today seemed especially so.
From our photo library: Visual Philanthropy July 16, 2010
When we receive pro bono work from photographers it's particularly gratifying. As a contribution to the organization, this visual philanthropy is invaluable.
The power of change July 15, 2010
My name is Holly Wolfe and I believe in the power of change.
Haiti: Building capacity in Haiti, one community at a time July 15, 2010
"Haiti needs everything," declared Mark L. Schneider, senior vice president of the nonprofit International Crisis Group, during a visit to the Mercy Corps Action Center in Portland last month.
Kyrgyzstan: A fund in Kyrgyzstan to rebuild micro-enterprises July 15, 2010
In a quiet Osh neighborhood there stands a torched shop with no roof. The hot afternoon sun shines over what little remains of Nadira Abdusatarova’s once-thriving seamstress business.
Pakistan: Safe return of our Pakistan staff July 14, 2010
We are very happy and relieved to inform you that three members of our Pakistan team have been released after nearly five months in captivity. All three are unharmed and are being reunited with their families in Pakistan.
'A child's life is more precious than my jewelry' July 12, 2010
"A child's life is more precious than my jewelry." That's what a donor told me on the phone when she called my office saying she wanted to donate funds to help famine victims in the Horn of Africa in 1984. I have never forgotten it.