Lisa Hoashi’s stories
Jordan, Syria: Life in Za'atari: An inside look
Jordan's Za'atari refugee camp is filled with uniform rows of tent upon tent now housing an estimated 140,000 Syrians. What is it like there for families who don't know when they can return home?
Zimbabwe: Innovative farming initiative recognized at Clinton gathering
Mercy Corps and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation were recognized at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York City on Tuesday for their Commitment to Action to implement Agri-Fin Mobile.
Japan: Restarting small businesses
West Bank and Gaza: Getting Google to Gaza
Through an innovative Mercy Corps’ partnership with Google and the Source of Hope Foundation, young Palestinian web developers receive firsthand training and mentoring from engineers and business people from cutting-edge technology companies – as well as potential seed capital funding.
Japan: Update from Japan after Thursday's 7.1-magnitude aftershock
Thursday night at 11:32 P.M. local time, Japan's northeastern coast was struck by a major 7.1 magnitude aftershock. The team was all okay, but the shaking was intense. Several of our team members had to leave the hotel where they were staying in, due to the damage.
Japan: The tsunami's lasting emotional toll
It's been almost two weeks since people along coastal northeastern Japan saw the signs of coming tsunami waves and saved their lives by racing to safety. The water hit their cities and towns, taking away loved ones, their homes, their jobs.
Japan: Report from the disaster zone
About half the city completely ruined. A line visible from where the water surged, stopped and then withdrew. On one side of the line, everything destroyed. On the other side, everything normal.
Japan: 8 P.M. in Portland, noon in Tokyo
Before I call it a night, a quick update from our partner Peace Winds in Japan. I didn't get a hold of Tomoko until about 12:30 P.M. her time, which was 8:30 P.M. for me.
Japan: Our friends in Japan
Today I've been corresponding with Rieko, who has been a good friend of my mother's since I was a kid. We met Rieko when she and her family lived in Beaverton years ago, but now she and her family are back in Tokyo.
Japan: Striding down a path of wreckage
The lone Neena Sasaki, 5, striding down a path of complete wreckage, her pink bag full of remaining family belongings, her mouth turned down in sadness but her face set in striking resolve. She looks mightier than all the soldiers behind her.