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.
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.
India: YouTube sensation to hold climate concert in Kashmir November 20, 2009
New Delhi : When world leaders will meet for the climate change conference in Copenhagen next month, Kashmir, nestled far away in the Himalayas, is where YouTube sensation Terra Naomi will hold her “Say It’s Possible” climate change concert.
China: Silicon Valley firms help China quake victims November 16, 2009
Watch accompanying video by clicking here DUJIANGYAN, China — Louis Choi sees ghosts. They are in the heaps of concrete that once sheltered school children. They are in the new school buildings in recovering Sichuan province. They are in his dreams.
10 clutter-free gift ideas for kids November 11, 2009
This morning, our four year old daughter told me, “I don’t want a bunch of things for Christmas. I just want one thing: a pogo stick.” I paused to reflect on how delightfully easy it is to choose Christmas presents for little ones. We are constantly cutting back on the number of toys and parts and pieces that are so often underfoot in our home. The approaching holiday season has me thinking about how we can celebrate through giving, without increasing the volume of stuff in our home.
Iraq latest crucible for Harvard mediation November 9, 2009
CAMBRIDGE - No longer locked in one big war, Iraq has become a land of a hundred little wars. And this promised to be one more of them, as two well-armed tribes clashed over a coveted swath of land. One tribe brandished a promise to 2,000 acres from the current Iraqi government. The other pointed to a like promise from the regime of Saddam Hussein. Guns were raised, shots fired. There seemed no ground for compromise, beyond the familiar local remedy: blood.