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Ethiopia: Water, health, safety and extra time
In many parts of Ethiopia, water — or the lack thereof — is a matter of life or death. Birtukan Bulki knows this better than most.
Indonesia: The reality of living on Indonesia's ring of fire
Today has been a sad day for me. I found out from the news that my old playing and hiking place — Mount Merapi in Jogjakarta, Indonesia — is completely devastated by wedus gembel (burning clouds) and volcanic ashes.
Haiti: Celebrating a success in Haiti
In Haiti, as might be expected, nothing ever comes easy. Here, the simplest of activities become a challenge and the best laid plans can go awry, which means that introducing something new and different can take on a whole new degree of uncertainty.
India: The beginning of learning more
When I was in Assam last month visiting with women in our literacy programs, I heard the same sentiment over and over again: the women want to learn more now. Some want to learn English or develop their abilities in their native Assamese — but mostly they have gained confidence in their ab
Tajikistan: In Central Asia's hidden treasure
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.
Haiti: A new Haiti emergency: Cholera
I arrived to Haiti last week in time to see another emergency unfold: people dying with symptoms that pointed to cholera — diarrhea and vomiting leading to severe dehydration.
Indonesia: Chocolate starts out tasting like vanilla yoghurt — who knew?
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.
Uganda: ‘An Ik is born with peace’
Under the shade of a sprawling acacia tree — encircled by a small crowd of elders and local leaders — the man stands, speaking passionately about his people and the situation they find themselves in these days.
Iraq: The Mercy Corps women of Baghdad
Although I don’t have any statistics on this subject, I feel pretty confident that Mercy Corps is probably one of the only international organizations in Iraq whose Baghdad Office was primarily opened and established by women.
Indonesia: Water, water everywhere… and every drop to drink?
As I write this, my shoes are hanging up to dry, dripping onto the ceramic floor of my hotel bathroom. In more ways than one this — my first day in Ambon, capital city of Indonesia’s Maluku Islands — has been thoroughly water-soaked.