United States: Tsunami disaster is personal for Mercy Corps’ Mitchell October 20, 2009
When Steve Mitchell heard that Samoa had been devastated by a tsunami, he was shocked. “I wanted to cry,” said the Lake Oswego man. “I was really upset. The Samoan people are the most beautiful, kind and loving people on earth. I know because I’ve traveled most of this planet.” Mitchell’s travels took him to Samoa for two years as a missionary in the mid 1970s. Now, as chief financial officer for Mercy Corps, he is used to dealing with natural disasters. But the two earthquakes and tsunami that hit the Asia-Pacific region on Sept. 30 really hit home.
United States: After ouster, water bureau official builds new world October 18, 2009
For 26 years, Mort Anoushiravani took care of your water. He kept it clean and kept it flowing, first as an engineer and, eventually, as the boss at the Portland Water Bureau. Then one day, a new mayor came along and did what new mayors do. Suddenly, at the pinnacle of his career, Anoushiravani was 52 years old and unemployed. His four kids were grown, and he was divorced. So he jumped when Mercy Corps called to offer him a job taking care of the water – and the electricity, sewers and roads – in places such as Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Indonesia and Kosovo.
United States: Book club activists unite! October 16, 2009
Linda Mason is the Chair of the Board for Mercy Corps and Chair and Founder of Bright Horizons Family Solutions. Many Americans know about the inspiring book clubs of female media celebrities like Arianna Huffington and Oprah Winfrey. Most have not heard about unsung book club heroes like Rufi Natarajan.
United States: Vacancy at helm of U.S. aid agency spurs concerns October 15, 2009
The Obama administration has been reviewing U.S. aid programs around the world. A memo leaked recently suggests that it may bypass contractors and nongovernmental organizations and give aid directly to countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan. That has many in the nonprofit aid community concerned — especially because the agency still has no appointed leadership. RENEE MONTAGNE, host: This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne. Good morning. STEVE INSKEEP, host: I'm Steve Inskeep.
United States: A healthy argument for smart power October 15, 2009
Nancy Lindborg is the President of Mercy Corps and Bill Lane is the Washington Director of Caterpillar. They are co-Presidents of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. As hyper-partisanship continues to dominate the health care debate in the nation's capital, it might be easy to overlook that a bipartisan consensus has quietly but unmistakably emerged for a smart power approach to foreign policy.
United States: Opportunity in disaster October 14, 2009
Last year ITT formalized a philanthropy program, ITT Watermark, with a $3 million kitty. ITT donates money, along with water and wastewater treatment systems made by one of ITT's units, to help out during disasters. To get the systems up and running quickly, ITT works with non-profits -- mostly Oregon-based Mercy Corps and Denver-based Water for People. ITT, with $11 billion in sales, has quickly found that its largesse during disaster relief can lead to real business opportunities during the long-term rehabilitation process of a city or region.
Indonesia: N. Jakarta kids like their healthy meals October 12, 2009
Endang, holding her one-year-old son Guntur in her arms, approached a wholesome-looking food cart in Tugu Utara subdistrict, North Jakarta, on Sunday morning. The cart, which stood out from shabbier competitors, was part of the Kedai Balitaku enterprise, which aims to offer healthy snacks and meals for toddlers in the kampung. From the cart, Endang ordered take-away rice porridge with shredded chicken, topped with blended corn-and-green beans, for Guntur. "He really likes it. We've been buying the porridge daily for a month now," she said.
United States: Mercy Corps opens new building in Old Town October 9, 2009
Listen to audio report here Hundreds of people were in Portland’s old town district Friday to open Mercy Corps’ new building. Kristian Foden-Vencil reports. They celebrated with music, speeches and a tour of the $37 million headquarters. The 140 employees have been in the building for the last month, which spokesman, Jeremy Barnicle, says is just as well.
United States: Mercy Corps Action Center open in Old Town October 9, 2009
Mercy Corps' international headquarters have been based in Portland for years. On Friday morning, the group celebrated a move from cramped quarters in Southwest Portland's Lair Hill neighborhood to a new, larger, environmentally-friendly building in Downtown Portland.
Indonesia: Hundreds in earthquake owe lives to city charity October 8, 2009
WORKERS from an Edinburgh-based disaster-relief charity have been credited with saving hundreds of lives in last week's Indonesian earthquake. Mercy Corps aid worker Dr Jim Jarvie, who arrived in the stricken Sumatran capital Padang this week, said the body count would have been far higher had it not been for special disaster risk reduction courses which the charity has run in the area. ADVERTISEMENT Mercy Corps, which set up its headquarters in Sciennes earlier this year, is one of the few international aid agencies that has a constant presence in Sumatra.