United States: Mercy Corps' milestone October 5, 2009
One of the striking things about Mercy Corps these days is how much the worldwide relief and development organization identifies with Portland, where it is formally opening its world headquarters and action center in a Friday celebration and other events that will take place Thursday through Oct. 16. It's also clear that Portland has begun to understand Mercy Corps, too, and may truly appreciate how much the values of this 30-year-old humanitarian organization and others reflect well on the city.
United States: How you can help victims of recent quakes and tsunamis October 5, 2009
Local relief agencies have been quick to address the recent round of natural disasters that killed hundreds and left countless others injured and homeless.
Indonesia: Indonesia earthquake: Rescue teams refocus on survivors October 5, 2009
Bangkok, Thailand - Indonesian and foreign rescue teams are continuing to claw through the rubble in search of survivors from Wednesday's earthquake off Sumatra island. But, as hopes fade of finding more people alive, government officials said the aid effort should focus on those left destitute by the disaster.
Indonesia: Scale of Indonesian quake hampers aid efforts October 5, 2009
Listen to this NPR interview Here Rescue efforts in Indonesia after Wednesday's deadly quake are being hindered by a lack of electricity, and not enough heavy equipment to clear the debris. Malka Older, director of programs with Mercy Corps, says aid groups are facing challenging conditions, but they are bringing in supplies using relief flights.
United States: The quality of mercy October 1, 2009
As CEO of Portland-based Mercy Corps, Neal Keny-Guyer has seen enough rickety elevators in Third World countries to think of them as likely death boxes, and takes the stairs even in the organization’s shiny new global headquarters in Old Town.
Indonesia: Officials: Indonesia quake toll could soar October 1, 2009
JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNN) -- Another strong earthquake rocked Indonesia early Thursday as the Southeast Asian nation was reeling from an earlier jolt that killed more than 200 people. The 6.8 magnitude quake Thursday hit southern Sumatra at 8:52 a.m. local time (0152 GMT), the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. Wednesday's earlier quake was 7.6 magnitude.
Indonesia: Aid workers grapple with infrastructure damage after Sumatra quake October 1, 2009
BANGKOK - Severe damage to infrastructure will be one of the biggest challenge for aid agencies trying to bring relief to the survivors of the Indonesian earthquake, aid agency workers say. As rescuers and assessment teams on Thursday started reaching Padang, the main city off the coast of West Sumatra which was struck by a massive earthquake, reports that bridges and roads are destroyed in the surrounding districts posed a big logistical challenge.
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.