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.
Haiti: Cash for Work helps Haitians rebuild February 18, 2010
Listen to this audio interview by clicking here KAI RYSSDAL: The president of France took a tour of Port-au-Prince today. Nicolas Sarkozy said afterward the French government's giving Haiti $400 million in disaster relief. It'll help pay for reconstruction and emergency assistance. But there are a lot of ways assistance money gets spent on the ground. It goes for food. And water. Medical care. And sometimes jobs. From Port-au-Prince, Sabri Ben-Achour explains.
Haiti: 'It was like a huge bomb fell' February 17, 2010
One of the first disaster responders to land in Haiti after the January 12 earthquake, Richard Jacquot of Ashland found that his most powerful tool was his Blackberry, which he used to organize help from neighboring nations. With 230,000 dead and chaos all around him, Jacquot slept in the airport parking lot the first night and, with dawn, leaped into his job as disaster team administrator, setting up water sanitation, building 800 latrines, distributing life's necessities and launching a cash-for-work program.
Haiti: S. Oregon relief worker returns from Haiti February 15, 2010
MEDFORD, Ore. - A Southern Oregonian who traveled to Haiti to help rebuild after last month's massive earthquake is home. Richard Jacquot was the team leader for the Portland-based Mercy Corps Initial Emergency Response Unit. The unit worked with other relief agencies to sanitize water, help children who had experienced emotional trauma, and started a cash for work program. Haitians were given $5 a day to do community work. They cleaned streets and prepared a drainage canal for the upcoming rainy season, which typically starts in March, but appears to have come early.