Mercy Corps Action Center looks back on its first year
Twenty-two thousand. That's how many people -- most of them Portlanders, some not -- came to visit the Mercy Corps Action Center in the past year. Perhaps more impressive, most of those 22,000 visitors have been young people -- middle school, high school and college students. The truth is, when the Action Center opened its doors one year ago, on Oct. 9, we weren't sure what to expect. Our headquarters building in Old Town was new on the block so our challenge was establishing a presence and attracting the community.
Afghanistan: When raisins give hope to Afghan farmers
KABUL — Raisin Producer Cooperative Center No. 2 stands alone astride the highway in Parwan Province, an hour north of Kabul. Inside the clay-colored building with a cheery yellow gate, a group of Afghan raisin farmers sits cross-legged on the tan carpet, talking about the past — and the future.
Mercy Corps' Neal Keny-Guyer: In failing nations, it's all about community
Keny-Guyer, 56, has helped build the Portland-based nonprofit into a $300 million organization with 3,800 employees in 40 countries. Mercy Corps feeds, shelters and supports people in remote corners afflicted by wars and natural disasters. In July, Keny-Guyer met with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou and aides on a Grecian island -- then hopped into Gaza to review Mercy Corps' West Bank programs. Back in Portland, he directed operations from Mercy Corps' global headquarters, which opened last October in Old Town.
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.