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.
The Mercy Corps global headquarters: Values built into the walls November 4, 2009
Mercy Corps’ new global headquarters in Portland, Ore. reflects the charitable organization’s mission to create more secure, productive, and just communities in a unique and tangible way. GBS was honored to partner on this LEED Platinum-certified project that embodies the interconnected core concepts of sustainability the environmental integrity, social equity and economic stability.
Small deposits add up: Savings, not just loans, factor into microfinance formula November 3, 2009
Yak herders in Mongolia may seem like the most unlikely of bank customers. There’s little infrastructure in their largely rural country, making it tough to find a local branch office. But in these sparsely populated steppes, opening a personal savings account is increasingly seen as a first step out of extreme poverty, according to international microfinance leaders.
Make a difference! November 1, 2009
Last year Metro Parent staff and readers started a holiday tradition. We banded together to make a difference in the lives of local families with our Home for the Holidays campaign. Partnering with JOIN, a local nonprofit that helps get homeless families and individuals off the streets and into permanent housing, we were able to raise enough money ($6,300 total!) to move two families into stable environments – and keep them there. (See “How Our 2008 Holiday Giving Campaign Made a Difference” on page 26 of the November issue at this link.)