David Shafer’s stories
United States: Right Where He’s Supposed To Be
United States: A New School Year, a ‘New Normal'
Slidell, Louisiana - The only thing Tish Casey tried to retrieve from her ruined pre-K classroom was a rocking chair. It was her grandmother's rocking chair, and Casey, 54, had wanted to give the chair to her own grandchild, expected in April.
Pakistan: Pakistan Bound: Relief Worker Shares Her Expertise
From Heathrow airport, before boarding a plane to Islamabad, Susan Romanski, a member of Mercy Corps’ Global Emergency Operations team, stole a brief moment to call into the organization’s Portland headquarters.
United States: A Welcome Back to School
Classes began in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana this week, but teachers who returned to work there weren't comparing notes on their summer vacations.
United States: A Special Delivery from New York City
One month after Hurricane Katrina tore through communities along the Gulf Coast, the devastation is still striking: boats nestle in the crooks of trees; homes stripped of their walls and roofs stand exposed like dollhouses; school buses lie where they were flung.
United States: Reaching Out to Displaced Families
Sixty-seven-year-old Bernard Laviolett evacuated before the Hurricane Rita shattered the area he calls home. All the same, he sympathized with those who hadn’t.
United States: Waiting For Rita: Katrina Response Team Doubles Its Duties
Poring over maps and glued to updates from the National Hurricane Center, a thirteen-person Mercy Corps team assembled in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, awaiting Hurricane Rita’s landfall on the bruised Gulf Coast.