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Tajikistan: Sewing for success
Last week I visited Mercy Corps’ first youth employment project to get started under the Tajikistan Stability Enhancement Program, the program I’m assisting with this summer. In the sweltering heat, we entered a small room with five girls working away on sewing machines.
Gooooaaal! Scoring strong communities through sports
Every four years, the world comes down with a severe case of World Cup fever. Thousands of frenzied fans pack themselves into stadiums, wear outrageous costumes, paint their faces and wave banners. Hundreds of thousands of people gather in front of a TV to root fervently for their team.
Kyrgyzstan: Finding compassion in Kyrgyzstan
On a cool, cloudy day in eastern Kyrgyzstan a man named Jialoo Mamatov stood tall, his outstretched arm pointed proudly towards a lush green garden. His delighted gaze needed no translation.
Kyrgyzstan: The little MFI that could
What did you do on your sixth birthday? Kompanion, the Mercy Corps-founded microfinance institution, or MFI, will celebrate its six-year anniversary this October -- the same month elections are to take place in Kyrgyzstan.
Kyrgyzstan: Kompanion delivers humanitarian aid to Osh families
Our microfinance company, Kompanion, released the following about its humanitarian response to the violence in southern Kyrgyzstan:
Indonesia: Training of trainers opens the door for a new skill
I usually did not go to trainings as either speaker or facilitator. I admit that public speaking is not my thing, be it speaking to five persons or bigger crowds.
Kyrgyzstan: Organizing needs surveys in Osh, Jalalabad
Mercy Corps is organizing a needs assessment in and around the southern Kyrgyzstan towns of Osh and Jalalabad, and Kyrgyz-Uzbek border areas which were badly affected by recent violence.
Mongolia: Ed Roberts bikes ~300 miles for Mercy Corps/Baatar Hero!
Baatar Hero friend, colleague and Liverpool football fan Ed Roberts will be participating in TWO insane bike rides this summer for charity: The Tour de Blast and the STP. For both rides, he will be raising money for Mercy Corps, towards the Baatar Hero goal.
Central African Republic: From our photo library
A couple of years ago, someone mentioned that I should look at the photography of Mercy Corps staffer, Jenny Bussey Vaughan. At the time she was working in Central African Republic. The disc of images I received was filled with excellent work.
Kyrgyzstan: Don't give up on Kyrgyzstan
It has been a very difficult few days indeed watching the tragic events in southern Kyrgyzstan unfold, making frantic calls and worrying about the safety of all our dear friends and my previous colleagues there.