How to choose and work with a mentor September 3, 2010
As a small-business owner, you may feel isolated. Without a large organization’s resources, you may long for a sounding board for your frustrations and fears or a discreet, impartial adviser with whom to discuss the tactical and strategic challenges of running a company.
Locals urged to dig deep for Pakistan clean water project September 1, 2010
Edinburgh-based charity leader Mervyn Lee is in Pakistan this week helping those affected by the devastating flood waters. His relief agency, Mercy Corps, helped the capital to raise nearly half a million pounds for the Haiti earthquake aid effort in January. Now the organisation, based in Sciennes, is again calling on Edinburgh residents and businesses to donate to an urgent appeal. They have joined forces with the Edinburgh Disaster Response Committee to help the people of Pakistan recover from the floods.
Call to get clean water to victims of flooding September 1, 2010
The Edinburgh Disasters Response Committee has launched an urgent appeal to raise money to fund clean water sources for millions of people affected by the devastating floods in Pakistan. The city-run committee, which raised more than £430,000 for victims of the Haitian earthquake, has appealed to residents to give what they can to help to fund water sources for 50,000 people in the hardest hit areas. The DRC, chaired by Lord Provost George Grubb, has joined with Mercy Corps, whose European headquarters is based in the Capital, to co-ordinate the appeal.
Relief agency urges help for Pakistan flooding victims September 1, 2010
Disaster relief agency Mercy Corps has warned the situation in Pakistan may rapidly deteriorate if vital aid fails to continue reaching the victims of recent flooding. The humanitarian agency, which has its European headquarters in the Capital, said that an onset of cholera and lack of clean drinking water could see the death toll rise quickly. Mercy Corps currently has around 350 disaster relief and aid workers on the ground in Swat valley and Sindh province and other areas which have been devastated by recent heavy flooding.
Niger: Aid workers warn of famine disaster in Niger August 16, 2010
Niger is now facing the worst hunger crisis in its history, with almost half the country's population in desperate need of food and up to one in six children suffering from acute malnutrition, aid officials say.
A plea to remember Pakistan August 14, 2010
As residents of Scotland's capital, we're all accustomed to a little rain. But the flood waters that have hit Pakistan over the last two weeks are in an entirely different league. We've all heard the statistics: more than a fifth of Pakistan is under water, 14 million people have been affected, and more than 1600 people have died. These numbers are shocking, but donations from across the UK so far have reached only a fraction of the total raised for the earthquake that hit Haiti earlier this year.
Afghanistan: We'll be here as long as afghans need us August 12, 2010
People often have the idea that there's something glamorous about international aid work. But, when it comes down to it, I work in an office and manage a team, like any number of other people in Edinburgh. It just so happens that my office and team isn't at the Gyle, or on Lothian Road - we're in downtown Kabul, Afghanistan.
Afghanistan: Mercy Corps aid workers in Afghanistan August 12, 2010
Stephanie Stricklen chats with Cassandra Nelson from Portland-based Mercy Corps about the group's 24-year mission in Afghanistan.
We'll be here as long as Afghans need us August 11, 2010
People often have the idea that there's something glamorous about international aid work. But, when it comes down to it, I work in an office and manage a team, like any number of other people in Edinburgh. It just so happens that my office and team isn't at the Gyle, or on Lothian Road - we're in downtown Kabul, Afghanistan. And rather than tram works and hoards of festival tourists, my commute to work can be disrupted by gunfire and bomb blasts.
Obama nominates Mercy Corps' Lindborg for USAID post August 6, 2010
President Barack Obama is nominating Nancy Lindborg, president of Portland-based Mercy Corps, to a top post at the U.S. Agency for International Development.