Dan Sadowsky’s stories
Colombia: Video: Reintegrating land mine survivors
Mercy Corps outfitted a rehabilitation center in southern Colombia with the latest technology as part of a holistic program to reintegrate land mine survivors back into their communities.
Colombia: Graduation day in Mocoa
At the end of our day in Putumayo's capital, we stopped by a graduation celebration of sorts. More than 30 people displaced by the armed conflict were marking the end of an 80-hour course in gastronomy with food, music and a dip in the river.
Colombia: Video: Asana Ipiales
In Colombia, Mercy Corps uses sports as a way to teach youth values such as teamwork and respect. At the beginning and end of each session, the youth do yoga poses to help them relax and concentrate.
Colombia: Video: ¡Vivo Jugando!
Young people in the southern Colombian city of Ipiales are learning respect for each other through Mercy Corps' sports for change program, "Vivo Jugando." It's part of our effort to prevent gender-based violence, a growing concern in a region severely affected by the country's armed conflict.
Colombia: Displaced but not disempowered
Haiti: A conversation with Bill Holbrook
I spoke this afternoon with Bill Holbrook, Mercy Corps' newly appointed country director for Haiti, who leaves tomorrow for Haiti from his home in Maryland. He'll work in conjunction with our growing emergency-response team, which has been in country for nearly a week.
Haiti: Video: Getting safe drinking water to Haiti
Scarcity of safe drinking water is one of the largest challenges in post-earthquake Haiti. Through a partnership with the water treatment and transport leader ITT, we're getting five water-filtration devices to supply as many as 25,000 people with clean water.
West Bank and Gaza: A mother in search of peace
It's big news around the Portland headquarters this week that one of our most senior field workers, Isdud Al-Najjar, is in town. That's because her home is in the Gaza Strip, where the odds of getting out are about the same as winning Powerball.
Pakistan: Displaced Pakistanis head home
Here's the latest from our team in Pakistan, which continues to help families from northwest Pakistan displaced earlier this year by the fighting between Taliban militants and the Pakistan army.
Sri Lanka: A can-do spirit
Nalagama Sinhala Junior School operates on something less than a shoestring. There's no library, no computers, no science lab. Recently, the older students performed a chemistry experiment involving oxygen using a plastic bucket rather than a glass beaker.