India: India's tea farmers see hope in co-ops
Workers pluck fresh shoots off tea bushes in the morning mist of Darjeeling. This is the capital of India's tea industry. But the small-scale farmers, and laborers rank among India's poorest. So now, they're trying to earn a better living by producing their own organic tea. Some 300 of them have formed a cooperative called Organic Ekta.. ...Rubin Prabhan [Mercy Corps director in Darjeeling]: The Indian tea industry needed reform. We all believe that Organic Ekta is the change that the Darjeeling tea industry needed. And this could be the future of Darjeeling tea...
How to choose and work with a mentor
As a small-business owner, you may feel isolated. Without a large organization’s resources, you may long for a sounding board for your frustrations and fears or a discreet, impartial adviser with whom to discuss the tactical and strategic challenges of running a company.
Niger: Aid workers warn of famine disaster in Niger
Niger is now facing the worst hunger crisis in its history, with almost half the country's population in desperate need of food and up to one in six children suffering from acute malnutrition, aid officials say.
Afghanistan: We'll be here as long as afghans need us
People often have the idea that there's something glamorous about international aid work. But, when it comes down to it, I work in an office and manage a team, like any number of other people in Edinburgh. It just so happens that my office and team isn't at the Gyle, or on Lothian Road - we're in downtown Kabul, Afghanistan.
Afghanistan: Mercy Corps aid workers in Afghanistan
Stephanie Stricklen chats with Cassandra Nelson from Portland-based Mercy Corps about the group's 24-year mission in Afghanistan.
Obama nominates Mercy Corps' Lindborg for USAID post
President Barack Obama is nominating Nancy Lindborg, president of Portland-based Mercy Corps, to a top post at the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Indonesia: Jakarta struggles to provide clean water to all
Like many big cities in the developing world, the city of Jakarta, with a population of nine million people, is struggling to provide clean water to all its residents. In some poor neighborhoods international organizations are trying to help, but, their impact is minimal because the infrastructure problems are so complex and expensive to fix.
Mercy Corps photojournalist Cassandra Nelson: stories from the field
Mercy Corps aid worker and photojournalist Cassandra Nelson joined us to share pictures and stories from across the globe, gathered during her travels helping aid those in need. The one constant she sees is the strength of women during times of crisis.
Kenya: Sports program seeks to bring tribal peace to Kenya's volatile Rift Valley
Two years ago, Kenya's Rift Valley was the epicenter of ethnic violence that followed the country's disputed presidential elections. As the country heads to the polls again Wednesday to vote on a draft constitution, there is fear that divisions over the constitution will again ignite tribal fighting. A local effort to bring peace through sports is gaining international attention.
A woman's work
Nearly a decade ago, I began a journey—from a marriage, from a career editing a New York-based women’s magazine, and from what had been all the familiar trappings of life—that has taken me to 42 countries, 8 war zones, 5 natural disasters, and countless humanitarian crises. As the spokesperson and field photographer for Portland-based Mercy Corps, I often have been among the first aid workers on the scene, be it war or an earthquake. The conditions, emotions, and actions can be extreme, but what is always strikingly steady and enduring is the strength of the women.