Disaster Recovery

Posted by Susan West on
Wed, 03/26/2014
The “Dead 2 Red” ultra marathon raised awareness and support for the more than 9 million Syrians who remain in urgent need of assistance three years after their country erupted into conflict. This... Read more
Posted by Karl Johnson on
Wed, 02/12/2014
I was hungry after landing in SFO, but relieved to be back. Night had fallen, but somehow the smell of the ocean glided across the dark peninsula to the bayside airport's passenger pick-up. Perhaps... Read more
Posted by Karl Johnson on
Fri, 02/07/2014
To and from Port-au-Prince, flight safety instructions are presented in all three languages: French, English and Creole. By the time they’re over you feel like you might be fluent in each one, and... Read more
Posted by Karl Johnson on
Wed, 02/05/2014
Port-au-Prince's airport is disorienting to the point you really wish a designer had applied all the wayfinding tricks in the book to make that little universe make sense. The arrival experience has... Read more
Posted by Karl Johnson on
Thu, 01/30/2014
My last day in Haiti. After lunch I’d be flying north, and then west back to San Francisco. Any time you fly a good distance west you’re in for a long one – the slower sun combined with the diversity... Read more
Posted by Karl Johnson on
Thu, 01/23/2014
While easily treatable, cholera has been responsible for the deaths of thousands, and Haiti and international health organizations are fighting it with few and shrinking resources . During Haiti’s... Read more
Posted by Karl Johnson on
Fri, 12/27/2013
In two parallel halls, Architecture for Humanity (AFH) conducts its work. We’ve spent most of our time on the “architecture” side of the office, but the planners would argue that their work is just... Read more
Posted by Rachael Ruble on
Tue, 11/26/2013
Eight vans, three days, thousands of typhoon survivors. That’s the math CARE is looking at for a rapid series of food distributions on the Philippine island of Panay. Typhoon Haiyan battered the... Read more
Posted by Karl Johnson on
Mon, 11/25/2013
“That school – je le trouve laide .” Diandine is evidently not a fan of a new educational edifice along the Route de Croix-des-Bouquets. We were heading back from an art excursion, and, while sure to... Read more
Posted by Rachael Ruble on
Wed, 11/20/2013
“It was the most terrifying moment in our lives,” says Fay Camallere, a woman from the typhoon-stricken city of Ormoc in the Philippines. “I felt death was coming.” Fay had felt death coming before... Read more