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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: Cholera's ever-present threat
Myanmar: Cookstoves to the rescue
Myat Soe and his family lost their house, fishing business and small grocery in the 2008 cyclone that devastated Myanmar's Ayeyarwady Delta. Afterwards, they moved in with his father and struggled just to make ends meet.
Haiti: Ensuring the water is clean
Mercy Corps is distributing vouchers for clean water, checking water quality and distributing soap in Port-au-Prince camps.
Afghanistan: Setting a strong development agenda
Ten years after the international intervention in Afghanistan began and the Taliban regime fell, world leaders are this week gathering in Germany to discuss Afghanistan's future.
Haiti: Christmas trees, glitter and giggles
In a small classroom on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, 16 children are hard at work on today's art therapy project: create and decorate paper Christmas trees!
Kenya: Protecting the children of Bililburbur
Bililburbur is a new community in Wajir, created over the past year as families who lost their herds of animals in the historic drought were forced to settle and search for other ways to survive.
Libya: Ambassador Rice visits resource center
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice toured a photography exhibit, watched a film and participated in a discussion with the artists at our newly opened Civil Society Resource Center in Benghazi on Nov. 22.
Get crafty with Mercy Corps gifts
I am one of those competitive gift-givers who finds satisfaction in knowing that my creative and thoughtfully packaged presents look better than the other ones under the tree — which, although thrilling, creates a conundrum, because I’m also a proponent of giving symbolic gifts.
Haiti: Insuring women-owned businesses against natural disaster
I have been in Haiti for a mere 36 hours and have already waded through a river, trekked through rice fields, climbed mountains and stumbled upon a buzzing open market in a remote village in the Central Plateau.