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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Indonesia: Video: "My Child's Café" nourishes kids in North Jakarta December 11, 2009
We would like to thank those who have given online to Mercy Corps by posting this three-minute video of a program made possible by your donations: Healthy Street Foods in Jakarta.
Lebanon: Foundations for a strong future: Youth in Lebanon and Jordan promote cultural heritage December 2, 2009
Daily life in Lebanon and Jordan means contending with a large number of social and economic pressures and many young people — who make up the vast majority of the population — have lost sight of their cultural heritage.
Liberia: Every child should be in the picture November 16, 2009
In Parker Town, Gbarpolu County, in the north of Liberia where Mercy Corps has a number of agriculture programs, I rounded up these children for a group portrait.
Liberia: These children play with nothing, anything, everything November 14, 2009
Liberia: 'How da body?' November 13, 2009
Pounding rain, deep red mud...and a hundred smiles.
Indonesia: Lasting change November 7, 2009
Behavior is hard to change. I know. I’ve tried. Even with support, it’s still extraordinarily difficult to change. To learn new skills. To give up character flaws. To be a better person.
Jordan: Youth in Jordan promote cultural heritage October 27, 2009
“Foundations for a Strong Future: Youth in Jordan and Lebanon Promote Cultural Heritage” is a project implemented by Mercy Corps Jordan and Lebanon. The project is funded by the European Union in the framework of the Euromed Heritage Programme and managed by Mercy Corps.
Kyrgyzstan: Getting creative with nutrition for Kyrgyz kindergarteners October 20, 2009
Colombia: Video: Kids enjoy peace for one day in Santander October 19, 2009
Indonesia: A happy moment amid the ruins October 9, 2009
I was busy overseeing the distribution of hygiene kits for 167 earthquake-affected households in Surantiah village when I was suddenly attracted by the sound of laughter from outside the hall where we were handing out supplies.