Haiti: Donors' fund-raising pages come up big for Mercy Corps January 25, 2010
Supporters of Mercy Corps have sprung into action since the January 12 earthquake in Haiti, raising more than $500,000 through their personal fund-raising pages — a significant portion of the $7.1-million the Portland, Ore., group has received for relief efforts. Once someone has set up a fund-raising page on the Mercy Corps Web site, they can use e-mail, Twitter, and Facebook to ask their friends and family members to donate.
Haiti: Portland plays songs for Haiti and raises nearly $150,000 for Mercy Corps January 25, 2010
About a half an hour after the final note was played, Stephen Marc Beaudoin, who'd organized Thursday night's "Songs for Haiti" benefit at the Aladdin Theater bounced into the bar next door, still singing the closing number. All that had changed was a word. "Amaaaaazing benefit!" There's no other way to describe a benefit thrown together in six days that raises in the neighborhood of $150,000 for Mercy Corps. And that number could grow.
Haiti: Mercy Corps fundraiser: Behind the scenes of "Songs for Haiti" January 22, 2010
Portland, ORE- I am very humbled by what I’ve witnessed at the Aladdin Theatre in southeast Portland as co-MC of a phenomenal event. The amazing work of Mercy Corps, one of the first relief organizations on the ground in earthquake torn Haiti—was the beneficiary of the fundraiser. I will offer this disclaimer that I did not take notes during the performance—so I apologize in advance if I inadvertently leave someone out of my recollection of the whirlwind of events and breathtaking generosity this evening.
Haiti: Doctors reopen Haiti hospital, begin surgery indoors January 21, 2010
A medical team led by a Silverdale doctor has helped to reopen a Port-au-Prince hospital, moved the patients back inside and started operating on broken bones often complicated by infections. "The good news is we're making a dent," Dan Diamond said Thursday by telephone from Haiti. "We really think that we are going to not only save lives but save limbs." Diamond, who went to Haiti with the Northwest-based Medical Teams International, said the hospital was initially condemned after the Jan. 12 earthquake. A second assessment showed it was safe for occupation.
Haiti: Mercy Corps plans trauma care for kids in Haiti January 21, 2010
Mercy Corps is gearing up to comfort 100,000 kids in Haiti who risk long-term trauma from the earthquake. They've lost parents, friends and homes. Without treatment, they could sink into depression, turn towards aggression and suffer deep emotional scars. Leaning on a program developed after 9/11, the Portland-based agency will train locals who are not mental health professionals to help children heal.
Haiti: A lesson in how to help Haiti from Windham Church January 21, 2010
WINDHAM – A local church is pitching in to help relief efforts in earthquake-devastated Haiti by collecting donated medical supplies and food from area families, but not everything received passes muster. "The first bag I opened had bathrobe and some curtains," said Sally Stewart of Windham Presbyterian Church. "Whether it's food or clothing, this is not the place for the jar of pepper jelly that no one else wants. Beans, rice, tuna fish and salmon, those are the things we're looking for. This is not a place for things you're looking to get rid of."
Haiti: Making your charity count: Along with Haiti, donate to "silent tsunamis" January 21, 2010
Nearly half of Americans say they've already donated to Haiti relief efforts or intend to give soon. The money is sure to pour in on Friday, when George Clooney and other celebrities will host a multinetwork charity telethon. (Who could say no to Clooney?) The generosity is both staggering and necessary, considering the devastation in Haiti after a catastrophic earthquake this month. Yet it can be all too easy to donate reactively and neglect the world's other aching needs -- the "silent tsunamis." So here's a suggestion to make your charitable donation go further:
Iraq: Up to 10 percent of Iraqis disabled by war, sanctions January 21, 2010
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Amputee Hamza Hameed is a living reminder of the U.S. "shock and awe" bombardment during the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, one of up to three million Iraqis disabled after years of war, sanctions and economic deprivation. He lost his right leg, amputated just below the hip, and the index finger on his left hand when he was wounded in a marketplace during what he says was a nearby U.S. bombing run.
Indonesia: Tulsa native working in Indonesia's slums with Mercy Corps January 20, 2010
Libby Putman, who attended Cascia Hall Preparatory School and continued on to Boston College and is currently a candidate for a MBA at MIT Sloan School of Management. As part of her studies at MIT, Libby and three other classmates are in Indonesia for the month of January. Their assignment: To take a promising Mercy Corps pilot project and figure out how to scale it to help exponentially more poor Indonesians.
Haiti: The Oregonian in Haiti: Hope, dread and heartbreaking scenes January 20, 2010
Reporter Kimberly A.C. Wilson and photographer Bruce Ely are in Haiti, covering the efforts of individuals and groups from the Pacific Northwest to help residents of the earthquake devastated nation. The two Oregonian staffers left Portland last Thursday and arrived in the Dominican Republic on Saturday after a layover in Florida. They have spent time with the group trying to locate Walt Ratterman and with members of Mercy Corps, the Portland-based international relief organization.