All stories about livelihoods
Timor-Leste: Small disasters with no voice are important too November 2, 2010
In Timor-Leste (East Timor), this year’s weather has caused more serious problems than ever encountered in living memory and beyond. The dry season was meant to start last March.
Haiti: Ready, Steady, Yo! October 28, 2010
Over the weekend of October 16, the third annual “Artisans en Fête” (Artisans Festival) took place in Port-au-Prince. The two-day fair attracted more than 200 artisans that came from all corners of Haiti, presenting wares such as arts, crafts, regional beverages, foods and clothing.
Tajikistan: In Central Asia's hidden treasure October 26, 2010
As a Desk Officer going on a field visit for the very first time, I could not have asked for a better place to visit than Tajikistan. I’ve come to think of it as a lost and/or hidden treasure in the middle of Central Asia.
Indonesia: Chocolate starts out tasting like vanilla yoghurt — who knew? October 23, 2010
Whenever I travel, I’m always sure to pack an emergency supply of chocolate. But until yesterday, when I saw cacao trees for the first time and talked to cacao famers in Indonesia about the help they are getting from Mercy Corps, I’d never really thought about where it comes from.
India: What's wrong with this picture? October 20, 2010
I took this photo almost exactly three years ago, while I was on assignment writing about our programs in northeastern India's Assam state.
Central African Republic: Pride and success for Micheline October 11, 2010
Mercy Corps has set up a program to support women, train them and give them a way to contribute for the well-being of their families— as well as the development of their communities.
Kyrgyzstan: The absence of a smile ≠ the absence of warmth October 8, 2010
As Kyrgyzstan's October 10 elections approach, I think about my friends and colleagues over there and hope for their safety. Without a doubt, Kyrgyzstan and its people made an imprint on me, and taught me to challenge my assumptions.
Afghanistan: Afghan farmers get noticed by NY Times October 8, 2010
I'm a big consumer of news, and sometimes I get tired of reading about the same old cadre of high-profile folks: politicians, celebrities, big business types — the "news makers." It's rare to hear about how current events impact normal people; even rarer to hear about the impoverished and voicele
Uganda: Nineteen reasons to come home October 8, 2010
Even while she still lived in a displacement camp, Lalam Sande had 19 reminders of where she’d come from.
Somalia: Fighting for survival October 7, 2010
In my daily field supervision of program activities, I encounter different scenarios about the people we support. Some are strong and challenging, while others are somewhat weakened by life's difficulties.