As I reflect on the horrific events of last September, one theme emerges as the most critical issue we face: our children. Will the next generation wage war in a continuing cycle of hatred and violence? Or will young people be trained and encouraged to become peace builders, laying foundations for a more secure, productive, and just world?
I am heartened by the work Mercy Corps has done over these past twelve months in both New York City and Afghanistan to help vulnerable children move forward towards a brighter future.
To date, our Comfort for Kids program has trained more than 3,000 adults in the greater New York City area to assist children traumatized by the events of Sept. 11. The program has reached out to families in immigrant, low-income and minority communities, providing critical assistance to groups that that otherwise would have been overlooked. We couldn't have done it without the support of our partners: The Dougy Center for Grieving Children, JPMorgan Chase and Bright Horizons Family Solutions.
In Afghanistan, Mercy Corps has provided lifesaving food, shelter and medical supplies to children and families forced from their homes. We are helping to rebuild schools and to provide employment and hope to a nation that has suffered for far too long.
As we take this time to reflect upon the past year, we also remain firmly committed to working towards a future where all of our children have the tools and resources to fulfill their promise.
I invite you to explore our Web site and to read about the people and communities that Mercy Corps has touched in the past year. I also encourage you to use this site as a resource to help your own children or those with which you work. We thank you for your continued support.