Japan: Small business helps the youngest survivors February 8, 2012
Today my heart sang. After days of seeing destruction and rubble, I got to visit the tiniest tsunami survivors at a day care in Kesennuma, Japan. After it was destroyed in the tsunami, the day care was recently restarted with Mercy Corps' help .
Japan: Signs of progress in tsunami recovery February 7, 2012
I’ve spent about half of my time in Japan since the March 11 tsunami, working with our partners on the various relief and recovery projects. And each visit — whether I’m there a few months or just a couple weeks — presents a new face on the recovery.
Japan: Snow days in Japan February 6, 2012
As luck would have it, I happen to be visiting the northeastern region of Japan during a record cold spell. In the seven days since I arrived, it has not been above freezing yet. In fact, the temperature hovers around a cool 20 degrees (F).
DR Congo: Fighting the cholera epidemic in emergency camps February 6, 2012
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.
West Bank and Gaza: Telling young tech entrepreneurs to go fish February 4, 2012
Last week, Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood was abuzz with a rare combination of techies, social investors, Arab world watchers and humanitarians.
Japan: Women back to work as seaweed harvesting begins February 3, 2012
Yesterday I met Hiroko Mirura. In her early 60s, Ms. Mirura is a former scallop merchant, proud wife of a fisherman, and a strong female leader in the town of Minamisanriku.
Kenya: Life-changing latrines make women like Muriya safer February 3, 2012
Muriya Mohamed and her four children — Bishara, Gabey, Nuh and Issak — proudly showed me the new latrine in their community.
West Bank and Gaza: Inspired youth at first Gaza Startup Weekend February 2, 2012
Mercy Corps' Arab Developer Network Initiative, in partnership with Google, helped host the first ever Gaza Startup Weekend in December 2011, giving Palestinian youth the opportunity to develop and launch their web development ideas.
West Bank and Gaza: Inspiring tech innovation at Gaza Startup Weekend February 1, 2012
Gaza isn’t necessarily the first place you think of for a Startup Weekend.
Niger: The growing food crisis in Niger February 1, 2012
There’s a crisis brewing in Niger, West Africa.