Juan Christie’s stories
Indonesia: A busy week for disaster preparedness
Indonesia: Tapping the elders for a disaster preparedness team
I travelled three hours from my home base in Padang, Indonesia to the city of Solok to check out the facilitator training for the Disaster Preparedness Teams (DPTs) held by Mercy Corps' PREPARE SumBar and our local partner, Jemari Sakato.
Indonesia: Self-recollection on the ferry from Mentawai
November 16 marked my one-year service anniversary with Mercy Corps West Sumatra.
Indonesia: On the ground in tsunami-stricken Mentawai
It had already been a week since our Director, Erynn Carter, asked me to prepare myself to conduct the Joint Need Assesment for our emergency earthquake and tsunami response in the Mentawai Islands Yet, the tropical cyclone that has been hampering the coasts of West Sumatra and the Mentawai Islan
Indonesia: November for the better
October was a busy month for Mercy Corps and for the people of West Sumatra.
Indonesia: Working in all levels for better disaster risk reduction initiatives
This Wednesday — October 13 — is International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction. It's a day to focus on disaster preparedness and resilience.
Indonesia: One year after the earthquake, a measure of relief
Today, September 30 here in West Sumatra, Indonesia, brings remembrance of the earthquake a year ago that killed more than 1,000 people and affected the livelihoods of an estimated 1.25 million more.
Indonesia: Smiles from Padang's orphans
September 8, 2010 was the last day of working in Mercy Corps West Sumatra before the office closed for the Eid al Fitri, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadhan. I joined the Urban Team in distributing supplies to the orphanages in and around the city of Padang.
Indonesia: Revving the local economy
Last month, the Mercy Corps team here in West Sumatra — of which I am a member —delivered sewing machines to 85 local women who were affected by last year's earthquake.
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.