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Haiti: Isaac update: Safety nets working in storm's wake August 30, 2012
As we've watched what became Hurricane Isaac batter the U.S. Gulf coast, the importance of a strengthened infrastructure and emergency plan — what we in the development world call "resilience-building" or "disaster risk reduction" — is incredibly clear. And close to home for many.
Haiti: Bringing trees back to the mountains August 16, 2012
Farmer Selina Marie (right) carries tree saplings to plant throughout her farm, high in the mountainous community of Sibase.
Zimbabwe: Happier families are built on...mushrooms? August 15, 2012
“At Mercy Corps we talk about ‘Be the change.’ This is The Change,” Lloyd Chasinda, Mercy Corps’ Project Officer in Checheche, Zimbabwe, tells me.
Yemen: A witness to distress in beautiful land July 19, 2012
Since Mercy Corps began working in Yemen in October 2010, we have kept our main office in the capital city of Sana’a. I see more and more women and young girls begging for food on the streets. Last month, nearly 100 soldiers were killed here by a suicide bomb.
Haiti: Farmers digging deep to repair the land July 12, 2012
Haiti is a land stripped bare.
Mongolia: New techniques protect herders’ traditional way of life May 31, 2012
In southwest Mongolia, the mix of soaring snow-capped mountains and sweeping sand dunes makes for a stunning landscape — but a tough life for residents trying to raise livestock between two harsh environments.
Nepal: Protecting natural resources April 12, 2012
Villagers in southwestern Nepal gather to tell Mercy Corps staff about their needs and how they make use of their surrounding environment — land, plants, water. The work is part of an assessment to figure out how to reduce natural resource-based conflict in the area.
Iraq: Mending livelihoods and catching hope in southern Iraq August 18, 2011
Hassan Sabri is a 33-year-old fisherman, and one of the beneficiaries of a recently-completed Mercy Corps Iraq livelihoods project. Our team provided nets to poverty-stricken fishermen in Al Bihar sub-district, which is located 90 kilometers away from the southern city of Basra.
Ethiopia: 'I have not known it this bad in 30 years' August 6, 2011
Earlier this week in Ethiopia's drought-hit Somali Region, I saw a small boy kneel and drink from what was left of a pond.
Indonesia: Retooling Mentawai and helping it grow again July 27, 2011
Indonesia's Mentawai Islands have a very hot and arid climate but, because of high rainfall and minimal pests, it is great for agriculture. When the tsunami hit last October, Mentawai residents ran from the waves with only the clothes on their backs. Most tools and crops were lost.