DR Congo: A burning issue in the climate change fight December 3, 2009
Agnes Nyanzira is not concerned about her carbon footprint. She lives in a camp for internal refugees just outside Goma, eastern Congo, has seven children to care for, has a problem with one of her feet, and feels she spends all day collecting firewood. That should soon change. On the uneven volcanic ground where she has pitched her tiny tent, Ms Nyanzira is showing off her new, fuel-efficient cooking stove. It is a potent, if modest, weapon against climate change. By burning wood more completely, it will roughly halve the amount of fuel she uses.
Afghanistan: The plan for Afghanistan December 2, 2009
Listen to the program Here. Mercy Corps' John Stephens begins his interview at 36 minutes and 45 seconds. President Obama has said he wants to "finish the job" in Afghanistan and he made his plans public with a nationally broadcast speech from West Point on Tuesday night. He announced that he wants to begin withdrawal from Afghanistan in July 2011, but in order to get to there 30,000 more troops will need to be deployed over the next six months.
India: American singer to croon for climate change in Delhi November 29, 2009
NEW DELHI: American alternative rock singer-songwriter Terra Naomi will be crooning for climate change in Delhi on December 3 and 5. Naomi, whose urgent, crusading track 'Say it's possible' became a YouTube sensation, has packed more into her life and music than many a contemporary.
United States: Nonprofit makes use of castoff computers November 29, 2009
Workers in developing countries have long handled the electronic detritus of American consumers. Now, thanks to a partnership between a new Vancouver nonprofit organization and Portland-based Mercy Corps, schools in many of those countries will benefit from our computer castoffs. Earlier this month, 217 monitors made their way aboard a truck to Mercy Corps headquarters in Portland. Mercy Corps, the well-connected international aid organization, accepted 217 desktop computer monitors from Vancouver's CREAM organization — Computer Reuse, Education And Marketing.
United States: A worthwhile cause November 26, 2009
CLICK HERE to read up on and donate to a very worthwhile cause! "Mercy Corps exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.
United States: A new Thanksgiving tradition thanks to Mercy Corps November 26, 2009
I love Thanksgiving. Just love it. Despite the fact that the whole history behind it might be somewhat mythological. (Were the Native Americans really that underdressed in November? Hm.) Still, I adore what it's become, at least in our family. But then, I have a pretty cool family and don't mind spending a day chowing down on stuffing with them.
Liberia: Shifting perspectives: Liberia through different lenses November 25, 2009
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United States: City dedicates S.E. land to aid immigrant farmers November 25, 2009
It was a crisp, sunny morning on Tuesday, October 6th, when a handful of officials and neighbors gathered at a vacant lot in Inner Southeast Portland, just across the street from the Clackamas County line and the City of Milwaukie. The occasion marked the formal transfer of management of the property east of 3405 S.E. Sherrett from the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) to the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS). Working with Mercy Corps Northwest, the BPS will develop an income-generating opportunity for Nepalese farmers.
Is Iraq's looming oil boom a blessing or curse? November 25, 2009
BAGHDAD, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Iraq hopes a petrodollar gush it will uncork by tripling oil output will drag it out of chaos into prosperity, but there is just as much chance the new wealth will fuel fresh conflict. Home to the world's third-largest oil reserves, Iraq also plans to leap to third place among oil producers -- spurring hope among war-weary Iraqis of a windfall to drive development and job creation after decades of economic decline.
United States: Tweeting for $10: New appeals for holiday giving in tough times November 20, 2009
Despite the lingering economic woes that most Americans are still feeling, only one in five plans to reduce donations to charity this holiday season, the American Red Cross found in a new survey. More Americans will cut back on travel, decorations, parties and gifts. The results tell a somewhat different story than a recent Harris Interactive survey that showed charities will probably see a decrease in generosity this season. Some large charities are preparing for lower holiday giving.