Haiti: Mercy Corps’ jobs program aims to put Haiti back on its feet February 2, 2010
Portland’s Mercy Corps is turning its attention from direct aid in quake-damaged Haiti to helping Haitian businesses and employees get back on their feet by putting a little cash in their pockets. The international aid organization has gathered about $9.8 million in donations for Haiti – about 30 percent of the money coming from the Portland area – and is focusing much of its new efforts and money on helping to create jobs and boost small businesses.
Haiti: Mercy Corps' Cassandra Nelson returns from Haiti February 2, 2010
Stephanie Stricklen talks to Mercy Corps' Cassandra Nelson, who just returned from Haiti. Watch this television clip of Mercy Corps' Cassandra Nelon, just back from Haiti by clicking here
Haiti: Haiti disaster is unprecedented and needs international support January 31, 2010
LAST week, I left Port-au-Prince after spending a few days with Mercy Corps' team of expert emergency responders. My next stop was a world away: the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. The two places couldn't be more different, but even in Davos, Haiti is front and center in people's minds. Haiti is filled with tremendous devastation and suffering, as well as amazing examples of human resilience. Against a backdrop of so much tragedy and a growing number of triumphs, a few things come into sharp relief. These are my lessons from Haiti:
Haiti: Oregon's beacons of achievement January 30, 2010
Hardly a day goes by without a front-page headline on the latest crime, conflict or natural disaster. Readers get tired of negative news -- and sometimes we do, too. That's why we've decided (for a week, anyway) to shine a spotlight on the positive. Recently, we asked 50 Oregonians with an interest in public policy to help us identify some Oregon "success stories." Everyone touts the Oregon beach bill and the Oregon bottle bill as signature accomplishments -- but those laws date to 1967 and 1971, respectively.
Haiti: Local Haiti helper returns home January 29, 2010
Watch the video clip by clicking here BOSTON -- A Boston-based relief worker has seen the disaster in Haiti firsthand. Mercy Corps aid worker Jenny Vaughan recently returned from the devastated nation, where she spent two weeks in Port-Au-Prince delivering aid to earthquake victims.
Haiti: In Portland, one Haitian's medical team makes a difference January 28, 2010
In the last few days, Bernard Ferere hasn’t received any more bad news from his brother. “We’re now just trying to pick up the pieces and move forward,” Ferere told The Skanner News from his shop, Bagel Land, in Northeast Portland. Working with a team of doctors in Cap-Haitien, Alain Ferere has been working around the clock to help the throngs of people injured by the earthquakes that have ravaged his native Haiti. Alain leads the nonprofit HACAOT, which organizes yearly medical trips to the impoverished island nation.
Haiti: Northwest aid groups defend Haiti effort that's been called a disaster January 28, 2010
You can't expect a seamless aid operation in Haiti when the capitol city has been decimated, the president has been left homeless, and the official base of operations is "under a tree somewhere" (as Mercy Corps spokesperson Joy Portella puts it).
Haiti: Hope for Haiti shows telethons still work in the text era January 26, 2010
Right after the Haiti earthquake, my wife and I, like lots of other people, decided we should donate some money to relief, as soon as possible. We decided on a figure, went online, and sent the money (to Mercy Corps, largely because it was the same organization we donated to after the Indian Ocean tsunami). Last Friday, I sat down to watch George Clooney's Hope for Haiti Now telethon, mainly out of professional obligation, because I had already donated. Naturally, I made it maybe 20 minutes into the broadcast before I opened my browser and donated more.
Haiti: New Seasons Market will match contributions to Haiti relief effort January 26, 2010
New Seasons Market is collecting and then matching donations to Mercy Corps, a Portland-based international relief agency, to help survivors of the Jan. 12 earthquake that devastated the Haitian city of Port-au-Prince. The Portland Metro area stores will collectively match contributions up to $20,000. Mercy Corps will use donations to provide immediate humanitarian relief, help with clean water supplies, offer trauma support for children and provide long-term job creation to help people rebuild their lives.
Haiti: In Haiti, children are the most vulnerable January 25, 2010
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — In the night, the children wake up crying. "They always ask for someone to be with them. They ask why it happened. They think God is mad at them," says Marie Louise Woel-Michel, a hospital volunteer in the shattered Carrefour neighborhood of the Haitian capital. "They don't play."