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All stories about Children & Youth
Colombia: Tools for life July 2, 2009
As I stand over a particularly energetic fifth grade boy to keep him from kicking the girl next to him, I’m amazed: they’re actually quiet. And still — for the most part. These five minutes of stillness could be the most important gift that these kids have received all week.
Colombia: Building children's confidence through sport June 30, 2009
I am a Material Aid Officer with Mercy Corps – which means I work with massive (truckload sized-quantities) donations of product. The donated materials my team works with run the gamut: from computers to textbooks to sports equipment to pharmaceuticals.
Uganda: New beginnings June 24, 2009
Pakistan: Staff pitch in to help more kids in Pakistan June 19, 2009
Kosovo: Creating opportunities for Kosovo's youth June 11, 2009
Kosovo is the youngest country in Europe, both in terms of its statehood and its demographics. Half of the country’s population is under the age of 25, and many of these young people depart for work abroad or are supported by relatives.
Pakistan: Updates from Pakistan June 11, 2009
Our team in Pakistan continues to distribute $45 vouchers for families living in schools, public buildings and makeshift camps to buy what they need. We distributed checks to 1,250 families on Saturday, as well as another 1,550 on Monday.
Pakistan: Helping kids displaced in Pakistan June 5, 2009
Mercy Corps has begun providing sports and social activities to 1,200 displaced school-age children in Pakistan.
Indonesia: Eat your tempeh, kids May 18, 2009
China: Christine: There for Sichuan's Survivors May 11, 2009
China: Healing the Future May 6, 2009
So much depends on children. They're the pride and joy of their families, as well as eternal hope for a better future. There's perhaps no place in the world where this rings more true than China.