Haiti: Providing clean water a priority for Mercy Corps in Haiti January 20, 2010
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- There is a fallen nursing trade school to see on this tour of a Port-au-Prince shantytown. Its elected leader Calixte Claude, has invited humanitarian workers from Portland-based Mercy Corps to test water from cisterns cracked by the impact of last week's catastrophic earthquake. When it struck at 4:53 p.m. local time on Jan. 12, the walls of College Ste. Andre folded inward onto some 90 young nursing students and teachers before the roof toppled downward, sealing the fate of all but a handful.
Haiti: Portland radio stations host Haiti fundraiser January 20, 2010
Watch the video of this story by clicking here PORTLAND -- Several Portland radio stations were holding a fundraiser for Haiti relief Tuesday. The fundraiser was organized to help Mercy Corps in their mission to provide aid to the earthquake ravaged country of Haiti. Six Portland radio stations were taking part in the one-day radio-thon, including KINK-FM, KUPL-FM, KUFO-FM, KXL-AM. KCMD-AM AND 95.5 The Game.
Haiti: Aid organizations with ties to Haiti step up their efforts January 20, 2010
As soon as the earthquake rocked Haiti, Bill Holbrook's telephone started ringing off the hook. He has friends there. In-laws there. And - with a resume that includes more than five years years working in the country - a background that made humanitarian organizations interested in securing his services there.
Haiti: Infrastructure limits ability to move aid in Haiti January 20, 2010
A week into the Haitian disaster, the desperate and dusty faces of both survivors and rescuers tell a plaintive story: We need more, more, more. And fast. The capital's airport, the country's roads and its ports were devastated by last week's 7.0-magnitude earthquake, leaving Haiti's crumpled infrastructure the chief obstacle to fresh supplies as well as food and water. "The significant limiting factor in terms of our ability to move forward is a reality of the infrastructure in Haiti," U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters Tuesday.
Haiti: Local aid worker: Haitians take desperate measures to survive January 20, 2010
Watch the video of this story by clicking here A local aid worker sent to help bring water filtration systems to earthquake-ravaged Haiti and to assess the situation said Monday many Haitians are taking desperate measures to survive. “I saw people drinking old laundry water and anything they can get their hands on,” said Cassandra Nelson, an aid worker from Portland who has also been sent to help people after the Indonesian tsunami and war zones like Iraq and Afghanistan.
Haiti: Portland concerts to benefit Haiti earthquake victims January 19, 2010
There may be others, but Thursday's concert at the Aladdin Theater appears to be Portland's first large-scale benefit concert for Haiti. Musicians include pianist Thomas Lauderdale, hip-hop artist Cool Nutz, Portland Cello Project and singer Storm Large. Money goes to Mercy Corps. Other performers include Oregon Symphony concertmaster Jun Iwasaki with pianist Grace Fong-Iwasaki, Broadway veteran baritone Douglas Webster (Les Miserables), singer-songwriter Holcombe Waller, and local choral ensembles Flash Choir, PHAME Academy Choir and the Grant High School Royal Blues.
Haiti: Portland aid groups find devastation, needs in Haiti January 19, 2010
Local aid workers hit the ground running Saturday and Sunday, heading into a devastated Port-au-Prince to sort out the needs of people living on streets and struggling amid rubble and corpses in the wake of Tuesday’s 7.0-magnitude earthquake. Volunteers from Portland’s Mercy Corps and Tigard’s Medical Teams International reported their findings in blog posts, telling of a city and nation without clean water, enough food and other basics.
Haiti: Haiti donations on track to break records January 19, 2010
Celebrities, companies, sports teams and regular Americans are mobilizing to help in the wake of the Haiti earthquake with an outpouring of generosity that could exceed private donations made after Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 Asian tsunami. "We're hearing that this is breaking all records," says Sandra Miniutti of Charity Navigator, an independent group that evaluates U.S. charities.
Haiti: Blazers fans raise $65,000 Friday for Haiti January 19, 2010
PORTLAND, Ore. – A game-night partnership between the Trail Blazers and Mercy Corps galvanized $65,000 in support for Haitian earthquake victims. The Trail Blazers put out the call Friday, in preparation for its Jan. 15 game. "Fans donated what they could, in amounts ranging from $1 to $3,000," said a Trail Blazers spokesperson.
Haiti: A place to contemplate Haiti January 19, 2010
A modest exhibit inside Mercy Corps' new Portland headquarters, near the western end of the Burnside Bridge, is one of the better places to contemplate two questions arising from the devastating crisis in Haiti: What does it take to lift up an entire country? How do you get food, water and shelter to people in need?