Indonesia: Mercy Corps helps out after earthquake in South Pacific October 1, 2009
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Half a world away from the deadly earthquake in Indonesia, workers at the international relief agency Mercy Corps are hard at work in their Portland headquarters. They are trying to learn everything they can about the devastation and about six Mercy Corps workers who were closest to the quake and have not checked in with anyone. The workers reported they were safe Thursday.
Indonesia: Deadly Indonesia quake traps thousands October 1, 2009
A disaster management official says at least 200 people have been killed by the powerful earthquake that struck western Indonesia. Priyadi Kardono, a spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency, says the deaths were counted in the coastal Sumatran city of Padang, following Wednesday's 7.6 magnitude quake. A higher death toll is expected once officials tally casualties in other areas of West Sumatra province where communications and roads have been severed.
United States: Mercy Corps Action Center October 1, 2009
Did you know that: 1. More than a billion people around the world live on little more than a dollar a day? 2. 16,000 children die every day from hunger-related causes – one every five seconds? 3. The number of AIDS orphans in southern Africa is expected to reach 18 million in 2010 alone? These are the kind of statistics that Mercy Corps is trying to change. Their new Action Center is poised to help them do just that.
Indonesia: Indonesia quake death toll reaches 75 September 30, 2009
JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNN) -- A major earthquake in Indonesia killed at least 75 people Wednesday, according to a Red Cross disaster report, citing an official report from the country's vice president. Earlier in the day an official said the quake toll was at least 21, with hundreds more injured. Thousands may be trapped by collapsed buildings and houses, said Rustam Pakaya, the head of Ministry of Health's crisis center. He said 75 people were seriously injured.
United States: How playing sudoku can help Mercy Corps September 30, 2009
Portland-based Mercy Corps announced this week it has established a partnership with a new website whose visitors amuse themselves with online games like Sudoku, Solitaire, and Bubble Burst. Why is Mercy Corps affiliated with GamesThatGive? Because the concept behind GamesThatGive is that its game players generate money for charitable organizations through the time they spend playing these games and through performance bonuses they earn.
United States: Mercy Corps sees royal flush in charity gaming online September 29, 2009
Watch this news story by clicking here PORTLAND, Ore. -- A nonprofit gaming site hopes to cash in on those who spend lots of time gaming at their computer and Portland's Mercy Corps hopes to benefit from your little bad habit. GamesThatGive.net is striving change the world one online game at a time. The longer you play, the more money that goes to charities like Mercy Corps.
Venturing forth September 28, 2009
Go ahead. Ask John Haines about his wheelchair. He’s happy to satisfy the curiosity of strangers. But once he’s told you his story, don’t try to rationalize his quadriplegia by suggesting there’s some larger purpose to the freak accident that nearly killed this accomplished explorer/financier a decade ago in the Czech Republic. (Claim to fame: he and a friend were among the first Westerners to paddle the length of Africa’s Niger River in 1991.)
United States: Heather Hanson of Mercy Corps talks about the roadmap to end global hunger September 18, 2009
Mercy Corps is one of a coalition of charities calling for a new U.S. government strategy for fighting global hunger. This comes at a time when the number of the world's hungry is over 1 billion people. The coalition's recommendations have become legislation in Congress called "The Roadmap to End Global Hunger (H.R. 2817)." Heather Hanson, Director of Public Affairs for Mercy Corps, recently answered some questions about what this bill means in the struggle to defeat mankind's most resilient enemy: hunger.
Iraq: Mediating conflict in Iraq September 1, 2009
Listen to this audio interview from with Mercy Corps' Charles Barker on Chicago Public Radio here
United States: U.S., Iraqi youth ‘chat’ half a world apart September 1, 2009
The Mercy Corps Action Center to End World Hunger, in Battery Park City, is the place to go to restore your faith in humanity. And so it was, early one morning last month, that a group of American and Iraqi students sat transfixed before large screens, staring at each other an ocean and two continents apart. For one week, the American students, members of Mercy Corps’ Global Citizens Corps, had been learning about the causes of global poverty and what they could do to mobilize their communities to help.