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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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."
Lebanon, Syria: A commitment to Syria's children March 12, 2014
The trauma doesn't end when Syrian children escape the war. We're finding new ways to ensure this generation is not lost to this crisis.
Philippines: A child's safe haven helps families cope January 13, 2014
Merlyn and her three children can't go home again. Child Centered Spaces give the young mother peace of mind as they recover from Typhoon Haiyan.
Jordan, Syria: Winter for Ibrahim: Helping refugee kids stay warm in Zaatari December 23, 2013
His mother thought they'd be able to return to Syria by now. How does a family survive winter without the basics of home?
Philippines: Addressing children's needs during relief efforts December 5, 2013
New safe spaces give kids a place to play and find support while we help their parents rebuild after Typhoon Haiyan.
Jordan, Syria: A message for you from Syria's children November 27, 2013
With your support, we're making sure refugee children don't feel forgotten. See what they created to say thank you for giving them hope for the future.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: In the News: NPR's All Things Considered visits Syrian refugees with Mercy Corps' child protection expert October 22, 2013
Alexandra Chen spoke with NPR about the importance of treating symptoms of trauma in children displaced by the conflict.
China: Kindergartens at heart of post-earthquake recovery October 9, 2013
School supplies are helping schools reopen while we train educators how to better prepare for the next emergency.