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All stories about Children & Youth
Zimbabwe: Helping teens manage difficult situations October 15, 2008
Almost one in three children in Zimbabwe are orphans, usually because one or both parents died of HIV/AIDs. Mercy Corps and financial institution Micro King have created a fund to provide direct support to local efforts to assist orphans and vulnerable children.
Sudan: Teaching English as an opportunity October 15, 2008
Blue Nile State is one of three contested areas between the north and the south of Sudan. Its diversity makes education – what is being taught to children and how it is being taught – a crucial issue.
India: Creative jobs keep teens close to home October 15, 2008
Darjeeling is in the foothills of the Himalayas in northeast India and is famous for producing fine teas. Tea estates are enormous and employ roughly 25% of the local population.
Indonesia: Don't forget to wash your hands October 15, 2008
A Mercy Corps survey in five provinces of Indonesia found that only 30 percent of school-age children wash their hands before eating and after using toilets. Handwashing reduces the spread of waterborne illnesses such as diarrhea, a major cause of malnutrition in children.
West Bank and Gaza: Sports for Life October 15, 2008
In 2008, the Palestinian Federation for the Disabled became the Palestinian Paralympics Committee (PPC). Its purpose is to enhance the skills and abilities of people with disabilities through sports.
Kyrgyzstan: Teaching street kids a lesson October 15, 2008
In Kyrgyzstan, it is estimated that between 2,000 to 15,000 children work in order to help support their families economically. Most of these children do not go to school regularly.
China: Epilogue August 6, 2008
I have been back in the United States since Saturday afternoon. As usual, these first few days have been experienced — and felt — through the blurriness of a fifteen-hour time difference between Oregon and China. Jet lag renders everything into vagaries.
China: A Rare Treasure August 1, 2008
I think what I'll always remember about distribution day in Yunji is the range of emotions.
China: Literally Beautiful August 1, 2008
China: Turnabout July 30, 2008
I interviewed them for a half-hour, and then they interviewed me for an hour. And I think they asked the tougher questions.