As young people mature, the decisions they make have an enormous impact on their families, their communities and our world. But growing up surrounded by poverty, war or in the aftermath of disaster increases their risks and limits their choices.
That's why giving children and youth the right support at this most critical time is essential to building tomorrow’s strong, productive communities.
When disaster strikes, young children are especially vulnerable to developing emotional and social problems that can jeopardize their futures. Mercy Corps worked with experts to design our signature Comfort for Kids program that helps children process their trauma and recover through play, sports and art activities. See our expert's recommendations for how parents and caregivers can help children through times of crisis ▸
For adolescents faced with violence, early marriage and interruptions to schooling, we provide opportunities for community involvement, vocational training and life skills development. Our goal is to empower youth in the toughest places to make smart life choices and invest their energy in developing solutions to their countries’ biggest challenges.
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Q+A: How we reach youth in conflict June 5, 2014
We believe young people are a powerful force for positive change. Our Director of Conflict Management discusses how we protect youth from violence and engage them in opportunities to build a better tomorrow.
Guatemala: Recipes for a bright start: Healthy meals for Guatemala's children May 30, 2014
Learn how to make the dishes we're teaching mothers to cook for their children to fight malnutrition and prepare them for a happy future.
Kyrgyzstan: Nourishing success in rural communities May 15, 2014
In mountainous Kyrgyzstan, we're helping people from the field to the classroom get the resources they need to build healthy, productive lives.
Kyrgyzstan: Meet our field staff: Alexander and Bakhtiyar April 29, 2014
Alexander Kirillov and Bakhtiyar Ergashev have been part of our team in Kyrgyzstan since we began work there 20 years ago. Today, they're leading the fight against hunger and malnutrition in the country.
China: Progress report: Rebuilding communities one year after quake April 18, 2014
One year after an earthquake devastated rural China, we're looking back on the recovery effort and looking ahead toward long-term rebuilding.
Lebanon, Syria: In the news: The cost of war on Syrian refugee children March 19, 2014
On public radio's "On Point," Mercy Corps joins diplomatic officials and other regional experts to discuss the impact of the Syria crisis on the youngest victims.
Jordan, Syria: Getting Syria's most vulnerable children to school March 15, 2014
Children with disabilities can easily fall through the cracks during the upheaval of war. We're making sure kids like Hayam have their needs met to continue their education as refugees.
Jordan, Syria: Life as a refugee: Spend the day with Nour March 14, 2014
From dawn to dusk, every hour with Nour, 13, and her family in Zaatari refugee camp shows the hardships millions of Syrians endure every day, three years since the war began — and the occasional joys they hang on to far from home.
Jordan, Syria: Syrian youth in their own words March 12, 2014
Ten young refugees in Zaatari camp talk about what it's like to grow up without their home and what keeps them looking forward.
Syria crisis & children: Why is it vital to focus on their needs? March 12, 2014
Hear from Nigel Pont, Middle East Program Director: "If we don't invest in them now, then we'll certainly be hearing from them later."