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.”
Haiti: Mercy Corps sends team to Haiti January 19, 2010
(NECN) - Turning crisis into opportunity. That's what the group Mercy Corps aims to do. Cully Lundgren, Mercy Corps Director of Northeast Constituency Development joins NECN with more on the relief efforts. Mercy Corps' headquarters are in Portland, Oregon and has an office in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Cully says a team of five has been sent to Haiti, including a water sanitation expert. Watch the full video clip by clicking here
Haiti: Locals leaping to help Haiti January 19, 2010
The day after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake flattened parts of Haiti, Kevyn O’Neill was looking for a way to help. The 2008 graduate of Eastlake interns at Mercy Corps – which her father, Dan O’Neill founded – so she knew of one way to start quickly. She used a Mercy Corps function to set up a Web page. In three days, her page had generated $1,400. “I didn’t think it was going to raise that so quickly,” she said.
Haiti: Portlanders come together to mourn earthquake victims in Haiti January 19, 2010
In the faint light given off by the candles in their hands, about 80 people gathered in Portland with Port-au-Prince on their minds. "What's going on right now in Haiti, we can barely look at it," said Hector Charisme of Portland, who is originally from the Caribbean island nation struck by a magnitude-7.0 earthquake Tuesday. The vigil, held at 6 tonight near Skidmore Fountain in front of Mercy Corps headquarters, featured speeches, some tearful, from leaders in the Haitian and larger Portland community, including Mayor Sam Adams.
Haiti: Inside the Mercy Corps Action Center January 19, 2010
Joe Smith goes inside the Mercy Corps Action Center in Old Town to see they ways Mercy Corps is helping earthquake victims. Watch the video clip by clicking here