Haiti: Ashland man headed to Haiti today January 19, 2010
Ashland resident Richard Jacquot is navigating Haiti's crumbled roads today to try to reach the capital and help with earthquake relief efforts. Jacquot serves as the deputy emergency director for Mercy Corps, a Portland-based nonprofit that has raised almost $4 million to help the victims of Tuesday's massive quake. "As soon as we've made sure that survivors' immediate need are met — things like water, food, shelter and primary healthcare — we need to help them get back home, rebuild and resume their lives," Jacquot said in a statement.
Haiti: Mercy Corps hosts vigil For Haiti January 19, 2010
Listen to the audio interviews by clicking here Dozens of people came out in Portland Thursday night to attend a vigil in support of Haiti, which is recovering from a disastrous earthquake. Here are some of their voices. Judith Gelin: “My name is Judith Gelin and I’m the program coordinator for the Society for Haitian Arts and Culture. Yeah I have a lot of family down there. No word. No signals. No contact. So I don’t know how they are doing right now, which is very painful for me.”
Haiti: Mercy Corps sends team to Haiti January 19, 2010
(NECN) - Turning crisis into opportunity. That's what the group Mercy Corps aims to do. Cully Lundgren, Mercy Corps Director of Northeast Constituency Development joins NECN with more on the relief efforts. Mercy Corps' headquarters are in Portland, Oregon and has an office in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Cully says a team of five has been sent to Haiti, including a water sanitation expert. Watch the full video clip by clicking here
Haiti: Locals leaping to help Haiti January 19, 2010
The day after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake flattened parts of Haiti, Kevyn O’Neill was looking for a way to help. The 2008 graduate of Eastlake interns at Mercy Corps – which her father, Dan O’Neill founded – so she knew of one way to start quickly. She used a Mercy Corps function to set up a Web page. In three days, her page had generated $1,400. “I didn’t think it was going to raise that so quickly,” she said.
Haiti: Portlanders come together to mourn earthquake victims in Haiti January 19, 2010
In the faint light given off by the candles in their hands, about 80 people gathered in Portland with Port-au-Prince on their minds. "What's going on right now in Haiti, we can barely look at it," said Hector Charisme of Portland, who is originally from the Caribbean island nation struck by a magnitude-7.0 earthquake Tuesday. The vigil, held at 6 tonight near Skidmore Fountain in front of Mercy Corps headquarters, featured speeches, some tearful, from leaders in the Haitian and larger Portland community, including Mayor Sam Adams.
Haiti: Inside the Mercy Corps Action Center January 19, 2010
Joe Smith goes inside the Mercy Corps Action Center in Old Town to see they ways Mercy Corps is helping earthquake victims. Watch the video clip by clicking here
Haiti: Crippled government in Haiti presents major obstacle January 19, 2010
As military and rescue teams began to stream in Thursday from the U.S. and other countries, veterans of past disasters say the grim realities of the Haiti earthquake set it apart from many other calamities, including the 2004 tsunami that devastated communities around the Indian Ocean, killing an estimated quarter million people. “There are a lot of dimensions that make this an especially complicated situation,” said Steve Hollingworth, chief operating officer at the Atlanta-based relief group CARE.
Haiti: Mercy Corps to assess situation in Haiti January 19, 2010
(NECN) - Many volunteers are rushing down to Haiti to do whatever they can to help in the relief effort following Tuesday's devastating earthquake. Jenny Vaughan, a Mercy Corps employee, was set to leave for Haiti on Thursday morning. She spoke with NECN Morning regarding what goes in to such a daunting task. A list of ways you can aid in the relief effort Vaughan said she would be going to Haiti to assess the damage and most crucial needs of the survivors.
Haiti: Portland-area groups scramble to get help to Haiti January 19, 2010
Portland-area aid groups faced a second late night and early morning of scrambling to get medical and emergency personnel to Haiti, which has limited capacity to deal with flights. "They're going to close the airspace," said Marlene Minor, spokeswoman for Medical Teams International, which is based in Tigard. "And they're talking about shutting down charters."
Haiti: Haiti quake: Boston-area medical groups mobilize to aid Haiti January 19, 2010
BOSTON — As global relief pours into earthquake-ravaged Haiti, Boston-area aid groups are mobilizing volunteers to assist in the rescue efforts. Boston-based Partners In Health (PIH) said it has received between 500 and 1,000 applications from health care professionals willing to travel to Haiti. In assembling a team from that pool, PIH Chief Policy Director Donna Barry said six types of health care workers will be of particular value on the ground: surgeons, orthopedists, trauma nurses, operating room nurses, anesthesiologists, and nurse anesthetists.