Bija Gutoff’s stories
Guatemala: Coffee farmers facing hunger, damaged livelihoods
An epidemic of coffee leaf rust is putting vulnerable families in Guatemala at increased risk of food insecurity.
Philippines: Rebuilding homes with mobile money
In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, our mobile banking program is providing Filipinos, like Rodelyn and Zeny, with safe new roofs — and new opportunities.
Ethiopia: One year later, helping children survive in the Horn of Africa
You might hear it called a “slow onset” emergency because, unlike the sudden strike of an earthquake, drought builds gradually. But don’t bother telling that to the mothers whose children are hanging on by a thread; slow isn’t the word they would choose. Grueling, they might say. Nerve-wracking.
Japan: Progress report: One year of emergency relief and continued economic recovery
One year after the worst natural disaster in Japan’s history — the massive earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011 — Mercy Corps continues to work with our partner agencies, Peace Winds Japan and PlaNet Finance Japan, to help the Japanese people rebuild.
Ethiopia: Just being women puts them at risk
In many places around the world, women have less visibility, power and status in their communities than do men — an imbalance that makes women more vulnerable to threats, coercion and abuse. Violence against women can be sexual, physical, emotional or economic.
Ethiopia, Kenya: Responding to historic drought
Kenya: We still need you to stretch out your hands
Yesterday I wrote to our supporters about my recent trip to Kenya and Ethiopia, where people are suffering the terrible effects of the worst drought in 60 years.
Ethiopia: A mother's appeal
We’re outside the Mercy Corps office in Gashamo, Ethiopia – a bone-crunching nine hour drive from Jijiga, the regional capital. It’s early in the morning, and the noisy generator is cranking out its last few minutes of power before we shut it down for the day.
Ethiopia: Despite rains, drought is far from over
On the road halfway between Gashamo and Jijiga, we spent the night with a local family. As we sat and talked on the front stoop, the evening was pleasant, the full moon bright. Then in a matter of an hour or so, I watched the clouds roll in and the stars wink out.
Ethiopia: 'You gave my baby a second life'
When Istohil Sheik Ahmed Abdi brought her 9-month-old son Sahane to the Mercy Corps mobile clinic in her area, she hoped to learn why he was so weak. The baby cried constantly, was vomiting and refused to nurse. He had a high fever.