Mary Tam’s stories
Kyrgyzstan: The little MFI that could
What did you do on your sixth birthday? Kompanion, the Mercy Corps-founded microfinance institution, or MFI, will celebrate its six-year anniversary this October -- the same month elections are to take place in Kyrgyzstan.
Kyrgyzstan: Organizing needs surveys in Osh, Jalalabad
Mercy Corps is organizing a needs assessment in and around the southern Kyrgyzstan towns of Osh and Jalalabad, and Kyrgyz-Uzbek border areas which were badly affected by recent violence.
Kyrgyzstan: Contagious violence
The civil unrest in Osh and Jalalabad brings great sadness to the country. Everyday more lives are lost, houses and businesses are destroyed and optimism is challenged.
Kyrgyzstan: Oh where have you been, my blue eyed son?
Name that tune!
Kyrgyzstan: You're going where?
A couple of weeks ago, I began informing my friends and family that I will be spending this summer interning out of Mercy Corps’ Kyrgyzstan office. Apart from the "Borat" jokes (wrong country, folks), general responses have included:
Putting aside the climate change debate
I can still remember being recruited by my friend, Reena, for the “Save the Earth Club” in high school. My first activity was helping out at a community garden and learning more about the importance of respecting the environment.
Heritage and hope
It has been a year and a half since the devastating Wenchuan earthquake struck China. Being half Chinese, I felt particularly impacted by this event. Many decades ago my Tai Tai (great grandmother, also Taipo) emigrated to Hawaii from Macau, China.
Pakistan: A worthy cause
With so many important issues out there, it is sometimes difficult to decide which ones to focus on.
Father's Day dilemma
As Father’s Day approaches, I'm faced with the same dilemma as always: what should I give someone who has enough t-shirts, gadgets and tools to last a lifetime?