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All stories about Children & Youth
United States: Four bands heard around the world April 14, 2009
It's not unusual for hundreds of people to crowd around the stage at the Crystal Ballroom, bouncing up and down on the venue's famed "floating" dance floor and cheering on a series of bands playing rock songs both old and new.
Pakistan: Babies, Full and Contented March 30, 2009
You would expect a small room of 20 young children between the ages of six months and three years to be quite a noisy affair. But in this narrow space in Pakistan's Hazara Town, it is surprisingly quiet.
DR Congo: Congo's Hidden Displaced January 27, 2009
Her name is Laurene. She lives in a church. She is 10 years old.
DR Congo: Charlie January 24, 2009
Mongolia: Better School Lunches - No, Really November 25, 2008
Bat-Ulzii, Mongolia - Throughout much of Mongolia, school meals are the only nutrition that students receive.
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.