Haiti: Post quake, people begin returning to Haiti's capital April 1, 2010
For years, Haitian governments have paid lip service to the need to decentralize their country. Port-au-Prince tripled in size over the past three decades, as people flocked to the capital in search of jobs in the hemisphere's poorest country. The metro area reached well over 2 million people before the Jan. 12 earthquake. After the quake, more than half a million fled to other parts of the country, and the government vowed to take the opportunity to shrink the city to a more manageable size.
Haiti: Two months after the quake, many Haitians still wonder where they will live March 16, 2010
More than 4,000 earthquake survivors packed into a soccer field had little food and access to a handful of toilets. But in a visit to this camp, in a country that has suffered often under autocratic and corrupt leadership, I found an intriguing experiment in grass-roots governance. Some residents conduct security patrols. Some clean up trash, while others try to ensure the aid is distributed fairly.
Three proven steps to advance the world’s women, on International Women’s Day March 8, 2010
Today is International Women’s Day, and in fact the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. It’s a date that is much better known abroad but is beginning to get more traction in the U.S. as well. So what interventions get the most bang for the buck in raising the status of women around the world? What is most helpful in overcoming injustices such as human trafficking and acid attacks? I’d welcome your ideas below, but let me toss out a few of my suggestions for most effective interventions:
Mercy Corps partners with agency in Chile to provide 'comfort kits' for traumatized kids March 5, 2010
Portland-based Mercy Corps is partnering with a Chilean health organization to provide traumatized children on the still-shaking ground with "comfort kits" to help them cope with disaster-related trauma. The 8.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Chile on Saturday killed more than 800, caused significant damage to Concepción and the capital Santiago and affected upward of 2 million Chileans.
Haiti: Unleashing the Haitian enterprising spirit March 3, 2010
On my recent trip to Haiti, I was filled first with despair and then hope. Despair for the overwhelming human and physical destruction. Hope because of the quiet strength, resilience, and determination of the Haitian people.
Haiti: "Once in a lifetime" line-up of poets raise Haiti cash March 1, 2010
A sell-out crowd of more than 800 people has heard many of the greatest poets in the country read work, to raise cash for Haiti. The event, at the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh, featured four Poets Laureate, including the UK's poet laureate Carol Anne Duffy. Money raised will go to the Edinburgh-based aid agency Mercy Corps. More than one million people are still homeless in Haiti after January's magnitude seven earthquake. Ms Duffy, one of the main organisers of the event, admitted that "poetry makes nothing happen. "
Haiti: Giving donations that transform Haiti February 26, 2010
Haiti has already begun to fade from the headlines. But for individual donors, the real opportunity to have impact has just begun.
Haiti: After school students learn about Haiti February 26, 2010
Even as they munched on their after school snacks, about 20 students from P.S. 89 were attuned to the many New Yorkers that might be going without food at the very same moment. “Does hunger exist in New York City?” was the question posed to them by Sarah Bever, education officer at the Mercy Corps Action Center, to which the children did not hesitate to respond with a resounding “yes,” offering stories about some of their own encounters with homeless and hungry people throughout the city.
Haiti: Aid Worker in Haiti: 'It was like a huge bomb fell' February 22, 2010
As one of the first disaster responders to land in Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake, Richard Jacquot of Ashland found the devastation eclipsed what he had seen in the wake of numerous other natural disasters. With hundreds of thousands dead or dying and chaos all around him, Jacquot slept in the airport parking lot the first night and, with dawn, leapt into his job as a disaster team administrator, setting up water sanitation, building 800 latrines, distributing life's necessities and launching a cash-for-work program.
Haiti: Extra ski night at Mt. Hood Meadows raises $21,500 for Haiti relief February 18, 2010
Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort raised more than $21,500 for Mercy Corps during Monday evening’s Haitian Relief night, Feb. 15. The resort extended operational hours on the President’s Monday holiday and challenged skiers and snowboarders to purchase a $10 night ticket online, all of which was donated to Mercy Corps Haitian Relief efforts. More than $8,000 was raised from advance purchasing guests, some of whom didn’t even use the lift ticket. Meadows officials are donating an additional $12,700 from the evening’s proceeds to up that total to $20,760.