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Haiti, January 29, 2010

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    January 25, 2010. Mercy Corps staff member, Cassandra Nelson, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti after the devastating earthquake. Photo: Jenny Vaughan/Mercy Corps

Last night we heard some tremendous firsthand accounts of the situation in Haiti from Mercy Corps’ Cassandra Nelson. She joined us by cell phone from Port-au-Prince and covered a lot of ground in the 45 minutes before her connection was lost, discussing our work in forgotten neighborhoods outside of the capital city, the challenges of delivering aid and the progress that is being made, conversations with survivors, and the plight of Haiti’s children.

Cassandra was joined by our Director of Global Emergency Operations Randy Martin, who shared his perspective on the significance of partnerships – both on the ground and with other aid groups and agencies – and discussed the importance of helping communities transition from receiving emergency aid to leading their own recovery.

Click here to hear a recording of the live, online briefing from Haiti. (Only the name field is required to get access to the recording.) If you have any trouble downloading the recording, click here for additional instructions.

Thanks to ReadyTalk who donated their services for the Haiti online briefing. And thanks especially to everyone who joined us – this work would not be possible without your support!