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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All stories about Children & Youth
Japan: Starting Comfort for Kids in Japan April 6, 2011
Japan: Q&A with Peace Winds' Natsu Nogami March 30, 2011
Japan: Helping the Japan tsunami’s littlest survivors March 26, 2011
The youngest survivors of disasters are often the most resilient, but also the most fragile. While earthquakes and tsunamis rob children of the same things that most adults hold dear — homes, families, friends — kids lack adult coping mechanisms. The emotional toll can be devastating.
Libya: Iman starts her own school March 9, 2011
Since the uprising here in Libya began, the schools have all been closed. Most people here are not thinking about school or work but only about the fighting and what Gaddafi will do next.
Yemen: Helping youth connect to opportunity in Yemen March 1, 2011
Umelto (Alto) Labetubun is Mercy Corps' representative in Yemen, our newest country program. Originally from Ambon, Indonesia, Alto began working for Mercy Corps in 2000, when his home island was rocked by a sectarian conflict that killed thousands and displaced more than a half-million people.
Iraq: Reclaiming a place for Iraqi youth February 28, 2011
For many years, there was a very bad place in the middle of Kalar, Iraq. It had no name, but all kinds of malice and misfortune spread from it, spilling into the surrounding neighborhoods.
Egypt, Lebanon, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen: How we're helping transform the Middle East February 27, 2011
The recent uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt — and their ripple effects across North Africa and the Middle East — have reminded the world how powerful young people can be.
Sri Lanka: Peace and reconciliation through sport February 15, 2011
The decades-long civil war in Sri Lanka finally ended in May 2009, leaving 80,000 dead, many thousands more dislocated, and a legacy of mistrust, tension and lack of communication between Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim communities.
Q&A: Sarah Warren in Egypt February 15, 2011
Sarah Warren is acutely aware of the needs, challenges and voices of Middle Eastern youth.
Iraq, Libya: Recognizing the power and potential of youth February 14, 2011
The last few weeks of resolve, resistance and peaceful revolution in Egypt have reminded the world of the power of people — and especially youth. Mercy Corps has long recognized the potential of young people to be catalysts for positive change, especially in the Middle East.