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Ethiopia: Partnering with Angelique Kidjo to help Ethiopian girls stay in school September 22, 2010
Starting today, there will be more educational opportunities for young women in some of southern Ethiopia's poorest villages.
Ethiopia: Helping Ethiopia’s daughters stay in school September 22, 2010
“These days, I can barely sleep because I am so excited with ideas on what to do next," says 38-year-old Felekech Endiris says with a smile. "I’m doing a bigger business. My family has enough to eat and I can afford medicines for my children now.”
DR Congo: A day of peace in Congo September 21, 2010
Around the world, people took a moment to celebrate the International Day of Peace. The Mercy Corps team in Nyanzale, Democratic Republic of the Congo took time to celebrate the call for ceasefire and non-violence with the communities from displacement camps and Nyanzale town.
Indonesia: Smiles from Padang's orphans September 17, 2010
September 8, 2010 was the last day of working in Mercy Corps West Sumatra before the office closed for the Eid al Fitri, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadhan. I joined the Urban Team in distributing supplies to the orphanages in and around the city of Padang.
Haiti: A psychologist's perspective on Port-au-Prince September 16, 2010
Colombia: Fighting sex trafficking in Colombia's tourist jewel September 14, 2010
Night has fallen in Cartagena, Colombia, and children are for sale.
Zimbabwe: My introduction September 13, 2010
Haiti: What "Back to School" will mean for kids in Haiti September 8, 2010
Kyrgyzstan: The laughter of a child September 7, 2010
When I was briefed at Mercy Corps headquarters just before leaving for Osh this time, a field veteran mentioned an important security indicator to watch for when entering a conflict zone: the presence of children.
United States: “Lemon Aid" for Mercy Corps August 5, 2010
The sound of young voices calling “lemonade for sale,” is frequent on my summertime bike rides home from work. Yesterday, I was surprised to hear “lemonade for sale, benefit for Mercy Corps.”