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.
Haiti: Group addresses mental health needs of Haitian children February 15, 2010
In the weeks since the horrific earthquake that leveled much of Haiti's capital we've seen images of death and destruction and a few amazing rescues. But one aspect of the devastation that the television screen cannot capture is the psychological trauma of a generation of Haitian children who have experienced dramatic loss and serious injury. "Comfort for Kids" is a program developed by Mercy Corps, a non profit international humanitarian organization, and child care provider Bright Horizons. Its aim is to help Haitian children traumatized by the earthquake.
Haiti: Timbers will play benefit match for Haitian relief February 15, 2010
The Portland Timbers will play the University of Portland Pilots this Wednesday in a charity match to benefit Haiti. Tickets are $7 and the money raised will go to Mercy Corps. The Portland aid agency is providing shelter and food to earthquake survivors in Haiti. The Timbers announced last week they had signed Haitian National Team Midfielder James Marcelin. He’s been playing for the Puerto Rico Islanders but was on break in Haiti when the earthquake struck.
Haiti: Haiti one month later February 14, 2010
As weather paralyzed the nation's capital with record snowfall, scrambling schedules and disrupting plans, I was able to participate in a short, one-day trip to Haiti. Normally I would think twice about the usefulness of spending less than six hours on the ground in a country, but my deep personal concerns about Haiti made it worth the travel.