United States: A healthy argument for smart power
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Indonesia: Earthquake preparation pays off for Indonesian village
Bangkok, Thailand - International aid is flowing into quake-hit areas of Sumatra, Indonesia, as US troops join the effort to provide food, shelter, and medical care after last week's 7.6-magnitude earthquake. In the worst-hit city of Padang, around 100,000 houses were severely damaged, while scores of public buildings collapsed, exposing shoddy construction. Indonesia's state news agency reported that the economic damage was estimated at over $200 million.
United States: Mercy Corps gets new headquarters
PORTLAND (AP) — The international aid agency Mercy Corps has a new headquarters building in Portland. The relief organization will formally open its new $37 million building in the city’s Old Town district on Friday. The operation’s 140 Portland employees moved into the building last month. The building, a mix of a restored 1890s structure and new construction, replaces six rented buildings. City government subsidized the project to keep Mercy Corps in Portland, and the nonprofit has raised nearly $10 million for the building, leaving it with a $7 million mortgage.
United States: Mercy Corps headquarters opens in flurry of earthquake relief
For years, Mercy Corps workers coordinating faraway disaster relief risked getting hit by the No. 43 bus as they dashed across Southwest First Avenue to attend meetings in separate buildings.
United States: Leadership summit inspires teens to become activists
Listen to this radio story Here The young activists of the Global Citizen Corps (GCC) are on a mission to make the world a better place. The GCC is an international program that gives teenagers the tools, the fellowship and the inspiration to raise awareness and funds to bring about positive change. About two dozen of those teens recently met in New York for a weeklong leadership training summit. Leadership conference sets the stage for ongoing work