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.
Mercy Corps photojournalist Cassandra Nelson: stories from the field
Mercy Corps aid worker and photojournalist Cassandra Nelson joined us to share pictures and stories from across the globe, gathered during her travels helping aid those in need. The one constant she sees is the strength of women during times of crisis.
Kenya: Sports program seeks to bring tribal peace to Kenya's volatile Rift Valley
Two years ago, Kenya's Rift Valley was the epicenter of ethnic violence that followed the country's disputed presidential elections. As the country heads to the polls again Wednesday to vote on a draft constitution, there is fear that divisions over the constitution will again ignite tribal fighting. A local effort to bring peace through sports is gaining international attention.
A woman's work
Nearly a decade ago, I began a journey—from a marriage, from a career editing a New York-based women’s magazine, and from what had been all the familiar trappings of life—that has taken me to 42 countries, 8 war zones, 5 natural disasters, and countless humanitarian crises. As the spokesperson and field photographer for Portland-based Mercy Corps, I often have been among the first aid workers on the scene, be it war or an earthquake. The conditions, emotions, and actions can be extreme, but what is always strikingly steady and enduring is the strength of the women.
Haiti: Best of Portland 2010
Amiri Horn is a man on a mission. Well, make that a munchkin on a mission. When the North Portland 3-year-old heard about the earthquake in Haiti in January, he gathered all the Band-Aids in the house to send to the devastated island. But Amiri wanted to do more.
Haiti: In Haiti, mental health still a concern for many quake survivors
In the last of his week-long series of reports from Haiti, Ray Suarez examines the mental health problems survivors are having following January's devastating earthquake ....The children are getting a variety of what's called psychosocial treatment. Sometimes, it's nothing more complicated than getting those who need the help away from the camps and clinics, as Mercy Corps did recently, to a soccer stadium, to be entertained by a popular disc jockey, to play the Haitian version of Simon Says, to run and dance, to just act like a kid....
Haiti: Haiti's slow recovery adds to risks, aid officials in Northwest say
In January, when a catastrophic earthquake hit Haiti and destroyed much of the island's national capital city, Northwest-based aid agencies were in the forefront of a massive international relief and reconstruction effort.