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."
United States: Review: 'Design for the Other 90%' at Mercy Corps' Action Center December 21, 2009
When we think of design, we usually think of technologically advanced automobiles, gadgets and other objects that embody a race-to-the-moon wizardry. These creations fit our aspirational culture and make us feel design technology has elevated daily life into bolder realms. Think of the razzmatazz in the movie "Avatar."
India: Aid group tries to reduce carbon footprint of weddings in Kashmir Valley December 18, 2009
SRINAGAR, INDIAN-ADMINISTERED KASHMIR -- During every wedding season in the Kashmir Valley, love is in the air -- along with a thick cloud of grey smoke from thousands of cooking fires as platoons of wedding chefs, or wazas, slow-cook lamb and chicken over wood fires, sometimes for days.
United States: Give the gift of mercy December 17, 2009
When shopping for gifts this holiday, consider giving the gift of much-needed aid to impoverished little ones through MercyCorps. Nearly 10 million children younger than 5 die every year. Most of these deaths are avoidable—the result of preventable diseases such as diarrhea, pneumonia and malaria.
DR Congo: How fuel-efficient stoves protect women in the Congo December 17, 2009
Mercy Corps' Cassandra Nelson talked to CNN's Heidi Collins about our work to help protect women, girls and the environment in the Democratic Republic of the Congo - all with a low-tech, easy-to-use stove. COLLINS: All right. Well, we will certainly be watching as those tensions rise. Appreciate that. White House correspondent Suzanne Malveaux this morning.
Mercy Corps President Nancy Lindborg on Steve Forbes' "intelligent investing" December 16, 2009
On Forbes.com's online series "Intelligent Investing," Mercy Corps President Nancy Lindborg talks to Steve Forbes about microfinance, social entrepreneurship, and how we build lasting change in transitional environments like Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Click here to watch.
United States: What to give to the person who has everything December 15, 2009
When confronted by malls full of frantic holiday shoppers and barraged with advertisements promising the perfect gifts, we’re sometimes overwhelmed. We realize we’re very fortunate to be living somewhere that has so much available, while many others have very little. That’s why Mercy Kits — symbolic humanitarian gifts that support the health and education programs of Mercy Corps — are perfect for the person who has everything.
United States: Econundrum: 10 greener gift ideas December 14, 2009
[We interrupt our Copenhagen coverage for this week's Econundrum:] This year, my Christmas shopping goal was simple: No gadgets. But I’m beginning to think an electronics-free Christmas might be harder to achieve than I thought: According to Amazon’s weekly list of top-selling Christmas gifts, grown-ups are going crazy for Kindles, while kids are clamoring for something called Chuck My Talking Truck (“Not only does Chuck have over 40 spoken phrases and sounds, he also drives to you when called and shakes his bumper and dump bed while chatting and ‘working.’”) Creepy.
India: Kashmir's climate frontline December 14, 2009
"We used to have good money in saffron," says Ali Mohammed, a weathered 46-year-old farmer, as he looks over the fields of purple flowers ready for the autumn harvest in Indian-administered Kashmir. "But now no rain for months, bad saffron crop this year." Used as a spice and for medicinal purposes, saffron has been grown in Kashmir for millennia. Mohammed's family have farmed the crop for five generations, but as the weather patterns in Kashmir change, they wonder how much longer their business can survive.
United States: Learn, share, and take action with 'Half the Sky' by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn December 11, 2009
This article is for anyone interested in human rights, especially those who are concerned about how women and girls are treated in developing nations. It’s a bit long, but there’s a lot to say … (please stick around, I have an invitation for you at the bottom of this post).