Life can change for millions of families in an instant: natural disasters can take loved ones and the outbreak of war drive families from their homes. When the unthinkable happens, Mercy Corps delivers rapid, lifesaving aid to hard-hit communities.
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The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction — Day 5 June 19, 2009
Today, at the last day of the Platform, I took advantage of a fascinating early session to understand what is being done about legal frameworks for disaster response.
DR Congo: A stove to save lives June 18, 2009
For 59-year-old Dafroza Baleberaho, building improved cookstoves isn’t just about preventing climate change, it’s about saving women’s lives.
The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction — Day 4 June 18, 2009
It is always nice when things you are really interested in come together. Today, on day 4 of the Global Platform, two topics that came together for me were Sphere and disaster risk reduction.
The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction — Day 3 June 17, 2009
It seems that the second full day of a conference generates more substantive discussion and thought than the first day, and this was certainly the case at the Global Platform today.
Kyrgyzstan: Kyrgyzstan: A confluence of crisis June 16, 2009
The paradox of development is when our work meets a need, but that need has arisen from an unforeseen event or conditions.
Pakistan: Questions for Holden Basch June 12, 2009
Pakistan: Meeting with Obama envoy on Pakistan May 29, 2009
Earlier today I was among representatives of seven members of Interaction, a coalition of humanitarian agencies, who met with Richard Holbrooke, the Obama administration's Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. The topic: Pakistan's growing IDP crisis.
Pakistan: The human story of suffering is emerging from Pakistan... May 28, 2009
The human story of suffering is slowly emerging from the stories collected from hundreds of displaced people. They tell of enormous challenges and sacrifices for those who were trapped in the fighting, caught in the crossfire and struggling to survive.
Pakistan: Taking steps to help pregnant women May 27, 2009
We issued a news release today detailing the nearly $1.2 million grant we received from the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance. The money will help us deliver cash vouchers to 120,000 people over the next four months.
Pakistan: IDP crisis worsens by the day May 27, 2009
The news coming in is not good. Thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) are still pouring out of parts of northern Pakistan where fighting is continuing between Taliban militants and military forces.