All stories about citizen involvement
Indonesia: Let the children enjoy the world
It is almost midnight here in Ambon, Indonesia. I’m about going to sleep but I realized that I haven’t visited the Mercy Corps Blog today. Since morning I was too busy at the office completing some work and didn't have any chance to do my everyday ritual — reading the blog.
Uganda: Strengthening our ability to promote stability
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.
Indonesia: The hands that rock the cradle
I often wonder how a single city could be so extremely diverse, both economically and socially, as my hometown, Jakarta.
UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities crippled without action and commitment
This July, President Obama signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRDP). The news came to me during a particularly tough time in Basrah, Iraq.
Liberia: Mama na come
Liberians have lots of great expressions, and I've enjoyed learning some of them as we traveled the country. I've shared a few of them here on my blog — how da body, tryin' small, a fish cup of rice.
Indonesia: Morning mood
I’ve never considered myself a morning person. I keep telling people how my brain works better after the sun goes down but, really, I think my main problem simply lies in the waking-up-early-morning part.
Indonesia: A village prepares — and survives
When a massive earthquake hit the West Sumatran village of Mangopo last week, Zulkifli didn’t panic. Instead, he remembered the disaster preparedness training that he'd received from Mercy Corps and its local partner — and that made all the difference when the quake struck.
A cultural bridge
The city of Mitrovicë/a in Kosovo is very often described by the media as a city of trouble. The most beautiful bridge in the country — with the Ibar/Ibër River flowing beneath — divides this city in half.