Pakistan: Thank you letters from displaced Pakistani children
We received these two thank-you letters from displaced children taking part in our program to provide them with sports, games, art and other activities to alleviate the trauma associated with their circumstance:
Pakistan: Update from Pakistan
Holden Basch is visiting our Portland headquarters this week after spending the last two months running our emergency program in Pakistan for families displaced by fighting between the army and Taliban militants.
Pakistan: Update on kids' psychosocial program
A quick update of the numbers on our kids' psychosocial program:
Pakistan: Fleeing Home
Sadja's family of six has been living in an overcrowded high school for almost two months. Gunfire, bombs, and aerial shelling drove her from her home in Pakistan's Swat Valley, where intense fighting between the army and Taliban militants has displaced roughly three million people.
Sri Lanka: Drinking water for Sri Lanka's IDPs
We're now supplying filtered drinking water to more than 46,000 displaced people in northern Sri Lanka — and a 100-bed hospital.
Pakistan: Helping kids cope
Life has been anything but normal for Salman since early May. That's when the fifth grader and his family fled their home in Mingora, Pakistan, to escape the fighting between Pakistan's army and Taliban militants.
Iraq: My meeting with Vice President Biden
I met with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden last Friday in a small roundtable discussion to discuss reconciliation in Iraq. Three non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were represented — Relief International, the Institute for War and Peace Reporting and Mercy Corps.
Colombia: Tools for life
As I stand over a particularly energetic fifth grade boy to keep him from kicking the girl next to him, I’m amazed: they’re actually quiet. And still — for the most part. These five minutes of stillness could be the most important gift that these kids have received all week.
Iraq: Ned Lamont calls out Mercy Corps' work on The Huffington Post
Today Ned Lamont — businessman, former Democratic Senate candidate in Connecticut and Mercy Corps board member — called out Mercy Corps' work with Iraqi refugees in an insightful piece on Huffington
Kosovo: More than run-of-the-mill progress
The village of Milosheva is a pastoral community of 10,000 residents in the heart of central Kosovo's agricultural lands. It is a typical Kosovo village: still recovering from the conflict of 1999, with high unemployment and few income-earning opportunities for residents.