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Balancing theories with real action
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
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
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.
Kenya: Reconciliation after violence
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
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
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.
"My Earthquake Story" — a story for everyone
Healing the helpers
The aftershocks continue night and day following Chile’s 8.8 earthquake on February 27, even though more than a month has passed. On Sunday night, a 4.8 tremor with an epicenter near Santiago set windows rattling and the overhead lamps swaying.
Kenya: About to visit overseas programs for the first time
I am writing this blog entry from a small village in Kenya called Bondo.
Kyrgyzstan: Toilets and community capacity development
I arrived on a typical school day to what seemed an empty school. That was because everyone was in the bathroom!