Philippines: Mercy Corps deploys to the Philippines November 13, 2013
Mark Ferdig, a Senior Team Leader for Mercy Corps joins us on the show. He is heading to The Philippines to help with logistical support in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.
Philippines: Mercy Corps Dispatches Disaster Relief Team To The Philippines November 12, 2013
Mercy Corps has dispatched a disaster response team to the Philippines. The Portland-based aid agency says it already has two workers there to help with typhoon relief, and more on the way. Mercy Corps’ Michael Bowers says the team is focused on quickly figuring out where gaps in aid are, and filling them. Bowers is senior director for global emergencies and is headed to the Philippines now. He says access to clean water is a primary concern, followed closely by food and shelter. It’s estimated that the typhoon left more than 650,000 people homeless.
Philippines: The Suffering of the Philippines: 2 Charities to Consider November 11, 2013
Of course natural disasters do not operate with deliberate cruelty. But it is hard not to imagine that they do, considering how often the countries and communities already hardest-pressed are the ones that bear the brunt of earthquakes, typhoons, earthquakes, landslides, floods.
Philippines: Portland-based Mercy Corps sends team responding to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines November 10, 2013
Mercy Corps, the Portland-based relief organization, is sending an assessment team to the Philippines, where a typhoon has devastated the country’s midsection. Two staff members are preparing to depart as soon as possible, and more could follow, Lindsay Murphy, a Mercy Corps spokeswoman, said Sunday.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: The world must not turn a blind eye to Syria's struggling families November 8, 2013
It was 4 a.m. in the dusty courtyard of the Raba'a al Sarhan transit center near the border between Jordan and Syria. At the far end of the dark courtyard, I saw a long line of people, refugees who had crossed the border at night, waiting to be registered. They were caked in dirt and eerily quiet – even the babies – seemingly dazed by the terror of their flight across the Jordanian border under cover of darkness. At their feet were tattered, overstuffed suitcases and bags tied with rope.
Egypt: After Tahrir: The Next Generation November 7, 2013
...Nearly a quarter of the government’s budget is spent on energy subsidies:Egyptians currently pay about a quarter of the real energy costs of the country, something that may change very soon given the current political and economic climate. More than 25 per cent of the country lives below the national poverty line, and yet such are the state of Egypt’s schools, citizens spend as much as $3bn annually on private tutors. According to the country’s central statistics bureau, the unemployment rate among Egyptians aged 20-24 has reached 39 per cent.
Myanmar: MasterCard expands its business literacy program in Myanmar with Mercy Corps November 5, 2013
Women entrepreneurs will benefit from new funding to support business literacy initiatives in rural Myanmar, MasterCard announced today.
Syria: Portrait series of Syrian refugee children reveals innocence amid trauma October 23, 2013
Kids and toys usually go together like peas and carrots. But for many Syrian refugee children, having fled their war-torn homeland with little more than the clothes on their backs, toys are luxuries from bygone days. Earlier this year, global aid agency Mercy Corps, with the help of two generous sponsors, sought to change that by transporting thousands of toys to Jordan to brighten the lives of some of the Syrian children living there.
Jordan, Syria: Syria's grinding war takes toll on children October 21, 2013
Alexandra Chen, a specialist in childhood trauma, is on her way from the Lebanese capital, Beirut, to the southern town of Nabatiyeh, where she's running a workshop for teachers, child psychologists and sports coaches who are dealing with the Syrian children scarred by war in their homeland. "All of the children have experienced trauma to varying degree," explains Chen, who works for Mercy Corps and is training a dozen new hires for her aid group.
West Bank and Gaza: Tech startups face all the usual challenges and more in Gaza October 16, 2013
Building an IT startup on the Gaza Strip isn't simple: electricity is sporadic, there is no 3G network. You can sell your product outside Gaza's tightly controlled borders, but it can be difficult to move the money back into Gaza. Nonetheless, half a dozen entrepreneurs from Gaza recently pitched their ideas for consideration in a unique program, one that could catapult their businesses into the global marketplace. NPR's Emily Harris reports.