Haiti: A disaster in Haiti and how you can help January 12, 2010
How To Help: Red Cross | Mercy Corps About the Author: Cheryl Mills serves as the Counselor and Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Earlier today, a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck Haiti. Reports are still coming in, but it appears that many schools, hospitals and other buildings have collapsed, adding more suffering to an already impoverished nation, the poorest country in the western hemisphere.
Haiti: 7.0 earthquake rocks Haiti January 12, 2010
A powerful earthquake caused major damage to Haiti when it hit off the coast of the Caribbean nation of 10 million rocked by political violence and poverty. The US Geological Survey (USGS) said that a magnitude 7.0 quake struck shortly before 5 p.m. local time Tuesday, about 10 miles from the nation’s capital Port-au-Prince,
Haiti: Portland-based Mercy Corps scrambles to send team to Haiti in wake of devastating earthquake January 12, 2010
Portland-based Mercy Corps has mobilized an emergency response team to fly to Haiti after today's devastating magnitude 7.0 earthquake. Randy Martin, the Washington D.C.-based Mercy Corps director of global emergency operations, said the team will assess damage and respond to the immediate needs of survivors. "Initial reports indicate that the quake has caused extensive damage, and we fear that casualties could be widespread," Martin said. "Our team will quickly assess what the most pressing needs are in earthquake-affected areas."
Guatemala: ‘At some point, the country has to look for new options’ January 10, 2010
Finding a job in one's area of expertise is difficult in Guatemala. Coming out of college, Borys Chinchilla experienced this himself. Hoping to become an elementary school teacher, he ended up working with the government's national forest institute supporting Peace Corps volunteers' community-level reforestation efforts. "I didn't study to be a development worker, but I was 21 years old [in 1985] when I started working with the communities," Chinchilla said. "And also being from a rural area makes it easier to understand what's going on, and that's why I got involved."
Guatemala: Global aid agency goes local in Guatemala January 8, 2010
Mercy Corps is distinct from most development groups in Guatemala. It is based in the field - in Coban, about four hours north of the capital Guatemala City - and is almost completely staffed by Guatemalans, including Country Director Borys Chinchilla. The Portland, Oregon-based agency began its Guatemala operations in 2001. But in less than a decade, it has grown from eight employees to 70 and is now working in eight of the country's 22 departments, or regions.
United States: Small loans can fuel big dreams January 7, 2010
The odds are good for Eric and Naihma Deady. It may not seem so. The two are starting their own business, and neither has much entrepreneurial experience. They’re doing it during hard times, in a city which is among the most economically hard hit in the country. And the shop they plan to open in Sellwood is a bike shop, something not completely unheard of in Portland.
Stoves aim to curb violence against women and the environment December 26, 2009
Cassandra Nelson is no stranger to conflict and crisis, having worked for Mercy Corps in hot spots all over the world, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Gaza, Pakistan and Darfur. But as she spent November in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, she was immediately struck by two things: how much violence is still raging there, and how rich the potential is if the country can move beyond it.
Indonesia: Merry Christmas — Now comes the hard part December 26, 2009
Merry Christmas. Now comes the hard part. Oh, not those bruising post-holiday sales, or even paying for the gifts under the tree. Living the faith. As the carol says, there are 12 days of Christmas, so set aside presents and extra cookies for the journey toward Epiphany on Jan. 6. Epiphany acknowledges what is only hinted at by the birthday party. The mewling infant in the manger came into the world to change lives. Jesus grows up to proclaim by word and deed that an uncomfortable amount of the responsibility falls on you and me. Geeze, I hate that part.
Indonesia: The Asian tsunami: 5 years later December 23, 2009
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Indonesia: A people reborn after the tsunami disaster December 22, 2009
HER brightly coloured shawl, a splash of yellow against the vivid green of the rice fields where she was working, was what first attracted the aid workers to Nurhayati. That and the 52-year-old's merry laughter as she chattered to her friends. "She was just one of those people you are naturally drawn to," explains Roger Burks, of Edinburgh-based charity Mercy Corps. "She was the most amazing person I met while I was in Banda Aceh. She was very charismatic."