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: Ask me, and I will follow you down September 4, 2009
How do you recognize a midwife who's already trained to be a breastfeeding counselor? And who do you ask about breastfeeding if you go to puskesmas, local health facilities around Indonesia?
Indonesia: A dedication to her profession August 24, 2009
Ibu Lilis Ratnasari, a private midwife, received a 40-hour training in lactation counseling through the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF about a year ago.
Sri Lanka: A can-do spirit August 17, 2009
Nalagama Sinhala Junior School operates on something less than a shoestring. There's no library, no computers, no science lab. Recently, the older students performed a chemistry experiment involving oxygen using a plastic bucket rather than a glass beaker.
West Bank and Gaza: CNN's 'generation Islam' puts youth in the lead August 17, 2009
Indonesia: Peace and clean on Independence Day August 17, 2009
Pakistan: Dresses to the displaced August 12, 2009
Mercy Corps was one of the first organizations to initiate relief and rehabilitation activities after the devastating earthquake in Pakistan and Kashmir in October 2005.
Indonesia: Taste test in North Jakarta August 7, 2009
Early this morning, I visited a couple Mercy Corps-sponsored food carts in North Jakarta and ended up being a pretty good billboard.
Pakistan: Generosity and play in the hardest of times July 30, 2009
Here in the Pakistani city of Mardan, displaced families are starting to move home after nearly three months sweltering in the hot tents of makeshift camps.
Pakistan: Thank you letters from displaced Pakistani children July 16, 2009
We received these two thank-you letters from displaced children taking part in our program to provide them with sports, games, art and other activities to alleviate the trauma associated with their circumstance:
Pakistan: Update on kids' psychosocial program July 10, 2009
A quick update of the numbers on our kids' psychosocial program: