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We have responded to almost every global disaster in the last 20 years, including the Japan tsunami, Haiti earthquake, hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa, Indian Ocean tsunami, and most recently, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
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Indonesia: Survey day August 9, 2010
A day like any other, in a small village near the equator in West Sumatra, begins at 5 o'clock in the morning with a call on the loud speakers from the muezzin. As villagers pray to Allah, daybreak brings the inescapable heat that will stay until after nightfall.
Kyrgyzstan: A day spent assessing the damage in Osh August 1, 2010
I was feeling the heat by mid-morning in Osh, Kyrgyzstan’s second largest city. I took refuge from the sun under a slice of metal roofing. Less than a minute passed before a firm grip on my forearm gently escorted me away from my prized spot of shade.
Chile's first Comfort for Kids programs hold closing ceremony July 22, 2010
Haiti: Taking lessons learned from Nepal to Haiti July 18, 2010
In late April of this year, fresh on the job managing Mercy Corps’ cash-for-work program in Port-au-Prince, Kristina Carvonis was asked to go to Nepal.
Haiti: Photos from a busy day in Port-au-Prince July 16, 2010
Every day is a busy one for our team here, but today seemed especially so.
Kyrgyzstan: A fund in Kyrgyzstan to rebuild micro-enterprises July 15, 2010
In a quiet Osh neighborhood there stands a torched shop with no roof. The hot afternoon sun shines over what little remains of Nadira Abdusatarova’s once-thriving seamstress business.
Haiti: Moving forward in Haiti July 11, 2010
Haiti: Clearing the rubble in Haiti July 11, 2010
It’s my second trip to Haiti, and I’ve been especially vigilant this week in Port-au-Prince to discern signs of progress. I know that people back home will want to know: Is rebuilding happening?
Kyrgyzstan: On the Streets of Osh July 7, 2010
Gul Luba stood in front of her burnt-out home. It was also her burnt-out business. She sold food items and cold drinks out of her store front facing a main road in the heart of Osh city. She stands stout, has a round face that expresses experience, and sun hardened skin.
When famine strikes, a simple guide can save lives July 6, 2010
[Editor's note: Richard Jacquot, deputy director of Mercy Corps Global Emergency Operations, represents the agency on the Emergency Capacity Building (ECB) Project, an effort by seven global relief groups to increase the speed, quality, and effectiveness of emergency responses.