South Sudan: Fighting for an education August 16, 2012
Ten-year-old Zenaib is excited to begin attending class in one of the temporary learning spaces that Mercy Corps is currently constructing.
Mali, Niger: What you want to know about the Sahel hunger crisis August 16, 2012
The hunger crisis in the Sahel is not an immediate emergency that gets splashed across the evening news. Instead, the tragic circumstances of drought and failed harvests have been building since the beginning of the year.
Zimbabwe: Happier families are built on...mushrooms? August 15, 2012
“At Mercy Corps we talk about ‘Be the change.’ This is The Change,” Lloyd Chasinda, Mercy Corps’ Project Officer in Checheche, Zimbabwe, tells me.
Kenya: Using sports to ignite global youth potential August 10, 2012
After being shot in the chest with an arrow, David was forced to wait nearly two weeks for treatment. Lack of medical resources wasn't the problem — even though an ambulance took David almost immediately to the hospital, members of an opposing tribe refused to operate on him.
Yemen: Protecting children in the crossfire August 9, 2012
Seven-year-old Hadiel looked forward to starting first grade last year at Nusaybah school, in the heart of Yemen’s capital of Sana’a. But the presence of heavily armed soldiers and certainty of violence kept her home.
Indonesia: Amid a gold rush, infant health improves August 8, 2012
Late last year, a man on the tiny Indonesian island of Buru discovered gold in the mountains.
South Sudan: Creating safe spaces for learning August 7, 2012
After decades of war, residents of Unity state dreamed of brighter futures last July when they became citizens of the new nation of South Sudan.
NextBillion asks Neal Keny-Guyer about market innovations to poverty August 7, 2012
Mercy Corps CEO Neal Keny-Guyer and NextBillion's editor Scott Anderson discuss where Mercy Corps is heading and how its past has informed its future, especially when it comes to business development.
Lebanon, Syria: Syrians take refuge in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley August 6, 2012
In the two days visiting recently arrived Syrians, most of the refugees I encountered were children, who've been uprooted from the only life they've every known. Here's what I saw and heard from them.
Iraq: A life after divorce August 5, 2012
Rasha’s story is unfortunately typical of girls in Iraq: She was married off against her will at age 13.