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Japan: Cardboard and creativity
Our own truck turned into the parking lot and pulled up to where we were waiting at the gym.
Japan: A disaster unlike any other
Over the weekend I visited the tsunami-devastated zone of Japan's northeastern coast, and wanted to share the following observations with you. They're excerpted from an internal email I sent earlier today to Mercy Corps' global team — of which I consider you a integral member.
Japan: Life in a high school displacement camp in Kesennuma, Japan
I spent two years working in junior high schools in Japan as an English teacher, so stepping into the foyer of the Kesennuma Junior High School had a familiar feeling. What was inside, however, was anything but normal.
Japan: Starting to build after Japan's tsunami
It's hard to describe the desolation left by a tsunami, because there is so little left that is nameable.
Japan: Final impressions of Japan
As I prepare to leave Japan, there are so many impressions of this disaster and the Japanese people that stick in my mind. I’d like to share a few.
Haiti: Overcoming challenges in the field: Haiti's mobile money program
One of the more inspired advantages that Mercy Corps hopes to bring to vulnerable communities via mobile money is easy access to financial services. A good number of places with high cell phone penetration are many miles from the nearest banking institution.
Fasting for the poor and hungry
For the last four days, I've been helping fight hunger by changing my diet. I've chosen a diet similar to that of many of the people Mercy Corps works with around the world: basic staple foods like rice, beans, greens and a bit of fruit.
Egypt: High above Cairo, deep in poverty
High above Tahrir Square, 33-year-old Nagla Abdad watched the January 25th Revolution unfold. She had one of the best seats in the house for the first time in her life.
Kosovo: Enough living in the camps
“Life in the camps was terrible for my family and all who lived there” said Rifat Sulejmani, a former refugee in Mitrovica, Kosovo.
Kosovo: A life-changing project for a Roma community
Ramadan Sahiti is a 37-year-old Roma farmer from the village of Koshare/Košare in southern Kosovo.