Roger Burks’ stories
Haiti: Thursday morning in Santo Domingo
Red-eye travel is onerous in most any circumstance. On my way to Haiti, I almost did it two nights in a row. And, despite a few short hours of sleep, this Thursday morning — a day and a half after I left home — feels like the continuation of one long day.
Haiti: On my way to Haiti
Tonight, just before midnight, I will board the first flight on my way to Haiti. As most all of us have, I've seen the shocking imagery in the press and on television, so I know how it looks.
Haiti: What magic is all about
I’m sitting here — way after regular working hours would have ended on a Thursday — typing away on my laptop, trying to help raise money for the Haiti earthquake response.
Haiti: Ready to lead
There just aren’t that many people as qualified to lead an emergency response team as Richard Jacquot. And today, Mercy Corps is counting on him to lead our disaster relief and recovery efforts in earthquake-struck Haiti.
Haiti: How you can best help Haiti's earthquake survivors
We want to thank everyone for the incredible outpouring of support and offers to deploy and help out with the emergency relief effort. We appreciate your willingness to lend a hand!
Resolve, not resolution
At this very moment, millions of us are considering or concocting our resolutions for the coming year, many with dread. And if you take a look at the list of perennial New Year’s pledges — getting more fit, spending less money, reducing stress — well, no wonder.
Indonesia: A woman's touch
In the aftermath of the Indian Ocean Tsunami five years ago, the once-bustling village of Klieng Meuriah — like hundreds of villages in Indonesia’s Aceh province — was gone. Its buildings were shattered, its homes reduced to rubble and belongings washed away.
Five years, 8,300 miles and $67
One of my favorite holiday stories — well, one of my favorite stories of any kind, really — took place almost five years ago. And, if I hadn’t been there to hear it right after it happened, I wouldn’t have believed it.
Thanks to Indiana Jones
Trying to do better
Yesterday, on the wet streets of grey Portland, I felt like an ass.