Haiti: Aid organizations with ties to Haiti step up their efforts January 20, 2010
As soon as the earthquake rocked Haiti, Bill Holbrook's telephone started ringing off the hook. He has friends there. In-laws there. And - with a resume that includes more than five years years working in the country - a background that made humanitarian organizations interested in securing his services there.
Haiti: Infrastructure limits ability to move aid in Haiti January 20, 2010
A week into the Haitian disaster, the desperate and dusty faces of both survivors and rescuers tell a plaintive story: We need more, more, more. And fast. The capital's airport, the country's roads and its ports were devastated by last week's 7.0-magnitude earthquake, leaving Haiti's crumpled infrastructure the chief obstacle to fresh supplies as well as food and water. "The significant limiting factor in terms of our ability to move forward is a reality of the infrastructure in Haiti," U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters Tuesday.
Haiti: Local aid worker: Haitians take desperate measures to survive January 20, 2010
Watch the video of this story by clicking here A local aid worker sent to help bring water filtration systems to earthquake-ravaged Haiti and to assess the situation said Monday many Haitians are taking desperate measures to survive. “I saw people drinking old laundry water and anything they can get their hands on,” said Cassandra Nelson, an aid worker from Portland who has also been sent to help people after the Indonesian tsunami and war zones like Iraq and Afghanistan.
Haiti: Portland concerts to benefit Haiti earthquake victims January 19, 2010
There may be others, but Thursday's concert at the Aladdin Theater appears to be Portland's first large-scale benefit concert for Haiti. Musicians include pianist Thomas Lauderdale, hip-hop artist Cool Nutz, Portland Cello Project and singer Storm Large. Money goes to Mercy Corps. Other performers include Oregon Symphony concertmaster Jun Iwasaki with pianist Grace Fong-Iwasaki, Broadway veteran baritone Douglas Webster (Les Miserables), singer-songwriter Holcombe Waller, and local choral ensembles Flash Choir, PHAME Academy Choir and the Grant High School Royal Blues.
Haiti: Portland aid groups find devastation, needs in Haiti January 19, 2010
Local aid workers hit the ground running Saturday and Sunday, heading into a devastated Port-au-Prince to sort out the needs of people living on streets and struggling amid rubble and corpses in the wake of Tuesday’s 7.0-magnitude earthquake. Volunteers from Portland’s Mercy Corps and Tigard’s Medical Teams International reported their findings in blog posts, telling of a city and nation without clean water, enough food and other basics.
Haiti: Haiti donations on track to break records January 19, 2010
Celebrities, companies, sports teams and regular Americans are mobilizing to help in the wake of the Haiti earthquake with an outpouring of generosity that could exceed private donations made after Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 Asian tsunami. "We're hearing that this is breaking all records," says Sandra Miniutti of Charity Navigator, an independent group that evaluates U.S. charities.
Haiti: Blazers fans raise $65,000 Friday for Haiti January 19, 2010
PORTLAND, Ore. – A game-night partnership between the Trail Blazers and Mercy Corps galvanized $65,000 in support for Haitian earthquake victims. The Trail Blazers put out the call Friday, in preparation for its Jan. 15 game. "Fans donated what they could, in amounts ranging from $1 to $3,000," said a Trail Blazers spokesperson.
Haiti: A place to contemplate Haiti January 19, 2010
A modest exhibit inside Mercy Corps' new Portland headquarters, near the western end of the Burnside Bridge, is one of the better places to contemplate two questions arising from the devastating crisis in Haiti: What does it take to lift up an entire country? How do you get food, water and shelter to people in need?
Haiti: Ashland man headed to Haiti today January 19, 2010
Ashland resident Richard Jacquot is navigating Haiti's crumbled roads today to try to reach the capital and help with earthquake relief efforts. Jacquot serves as the deputy emergency director for Mercy Corps, a Portland-based nonprofit that has raised almost $4 million to help the victims of Tuesday's massive quake. "As soon as we've made sure that survivors' immediate need are met — things like water, food, shelter and primary healthcare — we need to help them get back home, rebuild and resume their lives," Jacquot said in a statement.
Haiti: Mercy Corps hosts vigil For Haiti January 19, 2010
Listen to the audio interviews by clicking here Dozens of people came out in Portland Thursday night to attend a vigil in support of Haiti, which is recovering from a disastrous earthquake. Here are some of their voices. Judith Gelin: “My name is Judith Gelin and I’m the program coordinator for the Society for Haitian Arts and Culture. Yeah I have a lot of family down there. No word. No signals. No contact. So I don’t know how they are doing right now, which is very painful for me.”