Teaching the next generation and keeping them healthy are essential to tomorrow's strong, vibrant societies. Mercy Corps works with communities to shelter and nurture children and youth through innovative education, sports and job training programs.
Through the power of sports, community service and vocational training, we empower young people to make smart life choices and find a productive place in the changing global economy.
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Jordan, Syria: Building Azraq, the newest Syrian refugee camp August 30, 2013
With Syrian refugee numbers expected to keep climbing, aid groups are working around the clock to get a second major refugee camp running in September.
Jordan, Syria: Omran's story: Soccer is a comfort from home August 27, 2013
Sports have helped Omran let go of anger and adjust to life at Zaatari refugee camp, where Mercy Corps built fields and will start a league for the kids.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: In the news: One million Syrian refugee children August 23, 2013
The UN announced today that one million Syrian children have now been registered as refugees. And of those, some 740,000 are under the age of 11.
Jordan, Syria: Ibrahim’s story: A chance to play is a chance to heal August 22, 2013
Eight-year-old Ibrahim saw war rage outside his window in Syria. Now at Zaatari refugee camp, our play spaces and activities are helping him feel safe again.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Q+A: How we're protecting Syrian refugee kids August 20, 2013
Our child protection expert in Jordan and Lebanon explains what their life is like and what Mercy Corps is doing to keep them safe.
Jordan, Syria: Sandcastles bring happiness to Syrian kids August 15, 2013
In these photos, you can see how the simple opportunity to play and use their imaginations brings comfort to the youngest refugees.
International Youth Day: Five ways we're helping young people change the world August 12, 2013
Read about the young people we’ve met and what they’re doing to transition themselves toward adulthood — and their countries toward peace and development.
West Bank and Gaza: Wheelchairs are no barrier to sport August 5, 2013
A 15-year-old double amputee takes a shot during a wheelchair basketball tournament Mercy Corps organized in the West Bank, an area of the world where those with disabilities are highly marginalized.
West Bank and Gaza: Gaza Sky Geeks takes tech support to the next level June 13, 2013
In the isolated Gaza Strip, economic instability is a constant. But in the months after November's conflict, our work with tech-savvy Palestinian youth has taken a new spin.
Somalia: Bringing youth together on and off the pitch June 10, 2013
Last month, I stood on the sidelines of a field that felt all too familiar, yet worlds apart. I was in Garowe, Somalia — more than 8,000 miles from home in Portland, Oregon — celebrating Somali Youth Day with a 10-day youth soccer tournament.