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Indonesia: A happy moment amid the ruins October 9, 2009
I was busy overseeing the distribution of hygiene kits for 167 earthquake-affected households in Surantiah village when I was suddenly attracted by the sound of laughter from outside the hall where we were handing out supplies.
Uganda: The resilence of children September 30, 2009
Today I learned about the true resilience of children.
Jordan: Jordan's Queen visits Mercy Corps disability-rights project September 17, 2009
Jordan's Queen Rania recently visited a school where we're helping mainstream children with disabilities.
Zimbabwe: Shipping books to Zimbabwe schools September 15, 2009
It's hard to learn in Africa's schools without a basic textbook. A recent UNICEF study in Zimbabwe reported there can be as few as one textbook for as many as 40 students in schools there — if there are any textbooks at all.
Indonesia: Meeting the survivors September 10, 2009
Last Friday afternoon, as half of Mercy Corps' Healthy Start team were preparing for the weekend, we were suddenly pulled into a rush meeting at the round table we share.
Indonesia: Ask me, and I will follow you down September 4, 2009
How do you recognize a midwife who's already trained to be a breastfeeding counselor? And who do you ask about breastfeeding if you go to puskesmas, local health facilities around Indonesia?
Indonesia: A dedication to her profession August 24, 2009
Ibu Lilis Ratnasari, a private midwife, received a 40-hour training in lactation counseling through the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF about a year ago.
Sri Lanka: A can-do spirit August 17, 2009
Nalagama Sinhala Junior School operates on something less than a shoestring. There's no library, no computers, no science lab. Recently, the older students performed a chemistry experiment involving oxygen using a plastic bucket rather than a glass beaker.
West Bank and Gaza: CNN's 'generation Islam' puts youth in the lead August 17, 2009
CNN's Christiane Amanpour interviews youth in Gaza who participate in Mercy Corps' Global Citizen Corps in her Special Report, "Generation Islam." Watch additional interview clips here.
Indonesia: Peace and clean on Independence Day August 17, 2009