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Haiti: Learning and teaching mobile money technology in Saut D’Eau, Haiti
It was the day of the first mobile money disbursement in Saut D’Eau, a small town in Haiti known for its waterfalls and voodoo folklore. Thanks to a grant from USAID/HIFIVE, 100 beneficiaries had been selected to receive their unconditional cash grants via cellular phone.
Tajikistan: Have a little faith in flexibility
Crouched next to the fire, I warm my hands as my Afghan neighbor fans smoke into the heavens. The moon illuminates the mountains, and then the valley swallows the light before it can reach us. Ramadan began last night with the new moon and we’re breaking our first daily fast.
Philippines: Forging ahead on the digital frontier
In late February I attended the Mobile World Congress, the mobile telecommunication industry’s annual conference — a mass of more than 60,000 people from all over the world, descending upon one small corner of Barcelona to talk all things mobile.
A few awkward steps toward a lifelong career
For 50 years now, there has been a defining moment in most every Peace Corps Volunteer’s time overseas, and it happens near the beginning: you’re left in your village, luggage at your feet, as a car drives off with a squeal of tires that signals the true beginning of your service.
How groundnuts, hot weather and The Gambia changed my life
There are two key moments in my Peace Corps experience that I will never forget.
Freedom and friendship, from Botswana to Malawi
The best result of my Peace Corps experience are of the friends I made. I joined the Peace Corps twice; in the late 1970s, I was in Botswana, where I met my best friend, Anthony, another Peace Corps Volunteer.
Yemen: Helping youth connect to opportunity in Yemen
Umelto (Alto) Labetubun is Mercy Corps' representative in Yemen, our newest country program. Originally from Ambon, Indonesia, Alto began working for Mercy Corps in 2000, when his home island was rocked by a sectarian conflict that killed thousands and displaced more than a half-million people.
In Kurdistan, not all that glitters is gold
Walking around the streets of Sulaimanyah, Iraq — one of Kurdistan’s main cities — you’ll see lots of construction, lots of students going to school in their beautiful outfits, nice markets and many other signs of peaceful life.
Iraq: Reclaiming a place for Iraqi youth
For many years, there was a very bad place in the middle of Kalar, Iraq. It had no name, but all kinds of malice and misfortune spread from it, spilling into the surrounding neighborhoods.
Organizing details in the frame
Photographer Miguel Samper recently visited headquarters to give a workshop for Mercy Corps staff.