Mary Tam’s stories
Japan: Catalyzing to help Japan May 26, 2011
What does it take to start a movement? Mercy Corps is fortunate to have a large base of passionate supporters who rally their communities to support people facing natural disasters, civil conflict, poverty and oppression around the world.
Little cosmic bundles January 16, 2011
Colombia: VIDEO: What "community-led" looks like November 1, 2010
Every year thousands of families in Colombia are displaced from their homes and communities due to violence. They form resettlement camps where they can, often in undesirable locations due to lack of options.
Kyrgyzstan: The absence of a smile ≠ the absence of warmth October 8, 2010
As Kyrgyzstan's October 10 elections approach, I think about my friends and colleagues over there and hope for their safety. Without a doubt, Kyrgyzstan and its people made an imprint on me, and taught me to challenge my assumptions.
Colombia: What does empowerment look like? September 20, 2010
What does empowerment look like? It’s difficult to accurately depict such an intangible subject. In a small building located in the heart of Pasto, Colombia, I found a tangible example. In fact, there was a whole group of them. They wore maroon sweatshirts and name badges...
Colombia: I've fallen in love September 12, 2010
I have fallen in love … with Colombia. Our team arrived six days ago and over the last few days I have gathered a number of observations and, more importantly, have learned that inspiration often comes in small packages.
Kyrgyzstan: Оценить жизнь (Assessing life) August 20, 2010
My three months in Kyrgyzstan are nearly up! I am incredibly lucky to have been involved with our work here at such a pivotal time. While my duties have morphed as particular needs have arisen, I still recall my first assignment.
Kyrgyzstan: VIDEO: But you don't have to take MY word for it! August 11, 2010
The decision process that goes into making a charitable contribution is different for each person. Still, most responsible donors have one thing in common — they want to know that their money is being used to help the intended recipients and that the programs being provided are beneficial.
Kyrgyzstan: VIDEO: Bleeding hearts and pragmatic minds July 30, 2010
Ainash Mamatova and her husband had just finished remodeling their home earlier this year; it had taken them many years to save up enough money to do this. Ainash had worked at the bazaar for 16 years, mainly selling shoes.
Kyrgyzstan: There vs. Here July 10, 2010
There: I rode the N-Judah to work, which could take anywhere from 20-50 minutes depending on SF Muni's mood. Here: My flatmate and I walk to work, playing “Frogger” as we cross the streets (jaywalking is standard here, but that doesn't mean drivers slow down).