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Guatemala: A Volunteering Spirit May 5, 2005
Three-year-old Maynor sits in his mother's lap, barely conscious. He is pallid, exhausted and falling limp in his mother's arms.
Guatemala: Reaching Out to Mothers in Guatemala May 5, 2005
Guatemala's wild, verdant Polochic Valley feels like a secret. It's a narrow, winding seam in the country's colorful fabric. As the Polochic River rushes toward the Caribbean, past indigenous Q'eqchi and Poqomchi villages, it seems to be the only thing in a hurry to reach its future.
Honduras: Filling the Information Gap in Honduras April 28, 2005
The Lindo family did not know why their 3-year-old daughter Teresa couldn't seem to shake a long-running illness. It seemed to have no cure.
Sri Lanka: Team of Youth for Development, Understanding, and Progress (TYDUP): The Play’s the Thing March 24, 2005
Along the beachfront road in Kinniya, on the corner beside the gutted remains of Kinniya District Hospital, a hand-lettered sign has been nailed to a tree: TSUNAMI JUNCTION
Sri Lanka: Rebuild Sri Lanka: The Power of Private Initiative March 24, 2005
Making a Splash in the Community February 8, 2005
It seems like most youth in Kursumlja plan to leave the municipality as soon as they can. Kursumlja is one of the most economically-depressed municipalities in Serbia and youth see no hope of finding their future here.
Sri Lanka: Support for Children - and Teachers January 27, 2005
Yesterday and today, we spent most of our time at the the school in Komari, a village in coastal Sri Lanka. Mercy Corps sent two psychosocial specialists to come in and hold counseling sessions with the teachers and children.
India: Children Returning to Childhood in India January 26, 2005
Pondicherry, India - In the tiny village of Kanapathichettikullum, just 15 kilometers north of Pondicherry, the sixty concrete and thatch huts that make up this community bore an unimaginable brunt.
Indonesia: School Opening is Music to His Ears January 25, 2005
Indonesia: A Return to School and Familiarity January 25, 2005