Haiti: Haiti relief’s secret weapon: Google Earth February 9, 2010
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Days after the Jan. 12 earthquake, a group of Haitians set up a small tent camp in an open field not far from the U.S. Embassy. In theory, this small community was well-situated to receive aid: It was in spitting distance of a helicopter landing zone. And right nearby was the World Food Program’s consolidated warehouse, where relief agencies store all their goods shipped from the Dominican Republic.
Haiti: Kraxberger students step up for Haiti February 9, 2010
Four eighth graders from Kraxberger Middle School learned a couple of valuable lessons last week: young people can make a difference and don’t set your sights too low. The girls were so affected by the images coming out of the recent earthquake in Haiti that they decided they needed to put together a fundraiser to help those stricken by the tragedy. “Our first goal was $800,” said Cassidy Olsen-Shults, but in the end they raised more than $2,000 for Mercy Corps, a relief agency based in Portland.
Haiti: Super Bowl XLIV champ Reggie Bush's 'Help Haiti' shoe February 8, 2010
New Orleans Saints' Reggie Bush customized an Adidas' adiZero Ace 2 running shoe for Haiti that shows off the colors of the Haitian flag with “Help Haiti” inscribed on the heel. The men's and women's shoe sells for $105 online through Thursday with 10% of the price of each pair sold going to Haitian relief effort Mercy Corps. Bush also designed a companion pair featuring the Saint's black and gold with the "Help Haiti" inscription.
Haiti: Mercy Corps works with community leaders to comfort Haitian children February 4, 2010
For nearly a month, search-and-rescue crews have combed the ruins of Haiti, pulling survivors from the rubble and clearing debris. This week, trainers affiliated with Portland-based Mercy Corps took on a new task: helping community leaders aid the country's youngest victims. The Comfort for Kids program is designed to teach adults how to help children overcome the emotional trauma caused by the Jan. 12 earthquake that killed an estimated 200,000 people.
Haiti: Local volunteer battles ‘emotional challenge’ after Haiti devastation February 4, 2010
Cassandra Nelson moved through devastated Port-au-Prince for nearly three weeks with a steely resolve to bring food, water and medical aid to people whose lives were shattered by the massive Jan. 12 earthquake. It wasn’t until she returned to her parents’ Progress-area home Monday that the emotional wave washed over her. The devastated city was the worst she had seen, and the 37-year-old Mercy Corps first responder has seen a lot of destruction in the past decade, including war-torn Afghanistan, bombed-damaged Iraq and tsunami-ravaged Sumatra.
DR Congo: American Lisa and Congolese Lisa February 3, 2010
My Thursday column is about the war in eastern Congo, looking at the work of Lisa Shannon and her Run for Congo Women. Readers sometimes ask why I often write about outsiders, like Lisa, rather than about the innumerable local people who are doing extraordinary work — often at greater risk. It’s certainly true that Congo, for example, has a vibrant and admirable civil society, full of Congolese women themselves organizing against rape and war.
Haiti: Mercy Corps veteran says of the many disasters she has seen, Haiti was the worst February 2, 2010
Get ready for the return, over the next days and weeks, of volunteers who dropped everything to help in the aftermath of last month's earthquake in Haiti. They will come back armed with snapshots and unforgettable images of death and destruction. But Cassandra Nelson, Portland-based Mercy Corps' director of multimedia projects, came back this week after 16 days on the devastated island with even more: a vision of improving conditions.
Haiti: Visions from Mercy Corps in Haiti: Women, jobs, military help keep peace and rebuild February 2, 2010
First of all, MercyCorps has raised $9.5 million for Haiti in the past three weeks. A whopping 30 percent of those private donations have been from Portlanders. Good job, guys. Donate here.
Haiti: Mercy Corps’ jobs program aims to put Haiti back on its feet February 2, 2010
Portland’s Mercy Corps is turning its attention from direct aid in quake-damaged Haiti to helping Haitian businesses and employees get back on their feet by putting a little cash in their pockets. The international aid organization has gathered about $9.8 million in donations for Haiti – about 30 percent of the money coming from the Portland area – and is focusing much of its new efforts and money on helping to create jobs and boost small businesses.
Haiti: Mercy Corps' Cassandra Nelson returns from Haiti February 2, 2010
Stephanie Stricklen talks to Mercy Corps' Cassandra Nelson, who just returned from Haiti. Watch this television clip of Mercy Corps' Cassandra Nelon, just back from Haiti by clicking here