Preparing for disasters
Over the last year it's been hard to miss the images of disaster-struck families on TV and in the papers, whether from the earthquake in Haiti or the floods in Pakistan. We all want to help where we can, but in the wake of the recession, rather than just reacting to disasters shouldn't we take a tip from the Scouts and help these communities "be prepared" in the first place?
Haiti: Haiti survivors 1 year later
In the year since a devastating earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, reconstruction has been a slow and frustrating process. Bill Whitaker speaks to Lisa Hoashi of Mercy Corps and reports on the strength of Haiti's survivors.
Haiti: Can cell phones rescue Haiti?
When I visited Haiti in November, I saw one of the most effective weapons in the fight against poverty -- an intervention that may well be the key to Haiti's long-term recovery. It wasn't a doctor combating cholera, a new shelter for the homeless, or food being distributed to hungry families. It was a cell phone.
Haiti: Cell phones key to commerce in post-quake Haiti
Two of Haiti’s biggest cell phone companies are working with aid groups to help cash-strapped Haitians purchase goods using ‘mobile money’. Donated funds are transferred to residents’ cell phones and then traded in at local shops for food. Associated Press TV speaks to Raymond Chevalier of Mercy Corps, on the aid agency's 'mobile wallet' initiative.
Haiti: Mobile banking: a new way of doing business in Haiti
SAINT-MARC, Haiti — Adeline Alexandre does a steady business selling Haitian staples at Fifi Boutique, a little hillside shop off a dirt street with potholes the size of bathtubs. Sardine cans, buckets of rice, jars of cooking oil and stacks of empty Coca-Cola bottles fill her shelves — along with a glaring reminder that she, like Haiti, remains in the financial dark ages.
Workplace hurdles remain for women
CNN talks to Cassandra Nelson of Mercy Corps about the challenges of women working outside the home in developing countries.
Haiti: Mercy Corps mobile wallet innovation brings purchasing power to Haitians' cell phones
BLOCKHAUSS, Haiti -- As a rule, there is nothing sexy about humanitarian food aid. String the letters USAID in front of a program that distributes beans and rice to the needy after a natural disaster, and you have a formula for lifesaving do-goodery that rings, well, a little dull. Enter Mercy Corps; 16-year-old Etienne Emanie, palming a green cell phone; and Dorcent Larousse, the 37-year-old owner of Dieu Tout Puissant market, the biggest store around, where business is suddenly brisk in this destitute outpost high in the hills above the Bay of Saint-Marc.
Haiti: Mercy Corps works to educate Haitians about making water safe
CITÉ BOB, Pétionville, Haiti -- It helps to be nimble to visit this hanging tent city where Lucienne Henrius shares a tarpaulin hut with her three young sons, John Charles, Jean-Paul and Jerry. Even the goat kids watch their steps as they climb from one tiny stomped dirt foundation to another. Perched on a slope above Port-au-Prince, this small camp overlooks a flood wash, dry in the aftermath of hurricane season, that is speckled with goats, naked boys and an infinite array of plastic debris.
Haiti: Haiti’s mobile money
In a small church near St Marc, a small, elderly woman taps intently on a cell phone. With just a few strokes, Lydia Paul receives 60 gourdes — that’s about $1.50. But it didn’t go to her bank account — she doesn’t have one, and she can’t afford one. It went to her phone. The phone is a bank account. You don’t write checks, you send text messages. This is mobile money. Haiti isn’t known as a leader in finance or technology. But some of the country’s poorest residents are leading the way to new system of cell phone-based banking.
Niger: Buy locally to feed Africa's hungry
NIAMEY, Niger — Gado Alhadi is 67 years old, a farmer, and the patriarch of a family of 11. He lives in a small, rural village in southern Niger. Alhadi, like many in Niger, exists on the edge of hunger. Unbeknownst to him, he is at the forefront of a major change in United States food aid policy.