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.
Haiti: Ashland Mercy Corps worker heads to Haiti January 14, 2010
ASHLAND, Ore. -- An Ashland man is on his way to Haiti to join the earthquake response effort. Richard Jacquot, a team leader with the the Portland-based international aid agency Mercy Corps, departed Medford Thursday. Jacquot says his team will first assess the damage in Haiti, find out what other organizations are doing and then pick an area where they can help the most.
United States: In character with John Stephens January 14, 2010
Good thing John Stephens likes to travel. As a senior program officer for local nonprofit Mercy Corps, Stephens does plenty of that, back and forth all around the globe, wherever aid is needed. Portland Tribune: What exactly is a senior program officer? John Stephens: We have different desks here at Mercy Corps, so we divide the world up into regions. Tribune: Oh, sort of like superpowers. Stephens: More like National Geographic. We’re not trying to conquer new territories; we need to make sense of the world.
Haiti: After massive quake, military stands by to aid Haiti January 14, 2010
Haiti is reeling from a massive earthquake, and U.S. and international agencies are scrambling to respond. In a statement, Randy Martin, director of global emergency operations for the relief group Mercy Corps said, “Initial reports indicate that the quake has caused extensive damage, and we fear that casualties could be widespread.”
Haiti: Local aid worker prepares for emotional devastation in Haiti January 14, 2010
PORTLAND, Ore. - Local relief efforts geared up Wednesday to head to earthquake ravaged Haiti, and one local aid worker is preparing herself to deal with the emotional scene she’s expecting to see. “The one thing that I have found over the years, you go in with adrenaline,” said aid worker Cassandra Nelson of Mercy Corps. “We are going there with a job and mission with very clear objectives.” Her responsibility, once she arrives in Haiti, will be to make sure the victims who lost their homes will have shelter. She will also help to ensure they get clean water.