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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Ethiopia: Dan O'Neill with hungry child in Ethiopia August 2, 2011
Mercy Corps Founder Dan O'Neill with a famine-affected child in Ethiopia, 1985.
Tunisia: Tunisia program launches in the wake of a revolution July 29, 2011
Mercy Corps is starting up programs in the North African country of Tunisia for the first time.
Guatemala: Fresher food, better nutrition, happier families July 28, 2011
In the northern highlands of Guatemala, the signs and symptoms of malnutrition are a common sight: stunted growth, underweight bodies and visible fatigue.
Indonesia, West Bank and Gaza: VIDEO: Let youth lead the way July 25, 2011
This week marks the start of the Global Citizen Corps (GCC) International Youth Gathering in Doha (July 23-28), where they'll discuss five key issues that are central to the GCC curriculum: environment and climate change, education, food
Indonesia: Joining the fanfare: a visit to the RW Siaga Plus+ program July 25, 2011
I found myself being swept along with the wave of elementary students marching in the streets. Although at first I didn’t know the words to the song they were singing, I soon learned and sang along.
Indonesia: I dreamed a dream in time gone by July 21, 2011
When I was young and all the kids in my class wanted to become a doctor or an engineer, I wanted to be a diplomat.
Kenya: Ten-year-old Hindiya Roble outside of Hadado, Kenya July 15, 2011
Hindiya Roble, 10, and her family have been walking for 17 days in search of water.
Kenya: Walking for 17 days July 15, 2011
Indonesia: Babies and mothers at a Mother's Support Group in Jakarta July 8, 2011
Some of the babies and mothers who attended the first Mother's Support Group in Jakarta's Cengkareng Barat neighborhood.
Indonesia: Mothers supporting mothers July 8, 2011
When my first daughter was born, none of my closest friends had children and I was living far from my mother and grandmothers. I felt alone with my questions and concerns about sleep, diapers and breast feeding so I joined a local mother’s group.