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West Bank and Gaza: Telling young tech entrepreneurs to go fish February 4, 2012
Last week, Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood was abuzz with a rare combination of techies, social investors, Arab world watchers and humanitarians.
West Bank and Gaza: Inspired youth at first Gaza Startup Weekend February 2, 2012
Mercy Corps' Arab Developer Network Initiative, in partnership with Google, helped host the first ever Gaza Startup Weekend in December 2011, giving Palestinian youth the opportunity to develop and launch their web development ideas.
West Bank and Gaza: Inspiring tech innovation at Gaza Startup Weekend February 1, 2012
Gaza isn’t necessarily the first place you think of for a Startup Weekend.
Tunisia: After Arab Awakening: 'Now we need to change ourselves' January 31, 2012
If you want to know what the Arab Awakening is all about, hang out with teenagers in Tunisia for an afternoon.
Egypt, Libya, Tunisia: I am the Arab Spring January 24, 2012
On January 25, 2011, the people of Egypt took to the streets for a 'Day of Rage.' Thousands of young people took part in this protest and the huge movement of people calling for change across the Middle East and North Africa now known as the Arab Spring.
Haiti: Christmas trees, glitter and giggles December 3, 2011
In a small classroom on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, 16 children are hard at work on today's art therapy project: create and decorate paper Christmas trees!
Kenya: Protecting the children of Bililburbur December 2, 2011
Bililburbur is a new community in Wajir, created over the past year as families who lost their herds of animals in the historic drought were forced to settle and search for other ways to survive.
Yemen: Addressing conflict by helping youth November 30, 2011
As Yemen continues to grapple with political turmoil and multiple conflicts, Mercy Corps is hoping that engaging youth in their communities can help the country realize a brighter future.
Haiti: 'Soccer for Life' kicks off on World AIDS Day November 30, 2011
December 1st is World AIDS Day. This year, Mercy Corps and Partners In Health are joining forces in Haiti to launch Foutbol pou Lavi — Soccer for Life — a program designed to harness the power of soccer to stop the spread of HIV.
China: Supporting migrant youth November 23, 2011
Millions of Chinese continue to migrate from rural areas to cities in pursuit of a better life.