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.
All stories about Children & Youth
United States: My Hurricane Story April 7, 2006
D'Iberville, Mississippi — Here at D'Iberville Elementary School, a few miles from where the Gulf of Mexico laps the sands in front of Biloxi's casinos, nearly every kid has a hurricane story. And the prevailing theme is loss.
Joy at the End of the Rainbow March 24, 2006
Krusevac, Serbia - The weather here is really beginning to get me down. Snow has been falling across the region for a few days now, and the grey sky is drearily reflected in the drifts that blanket the frozen ground.
Indonesia: Clean Hands, Healthier Kids March 21, 2006
United States: Comforting Kids Along the Gulf Coast February 17, 2006
New Orleans — Twelve-year-old Danshawn cracked a smile as he sifted through the items in the light-blue Nike backpack he'd just received. "I got a bear, some supplies, a radio and some (playing) cards," he said.
Niger: Help Nigerien Mothers Like Fatima February 15, 2006
Fatima lives with her husband and their six children in Sanam, a remote village in Niger that's accessed only by a barely passable dirt road.
Resources to Help Hurricane-Affected Children February 2, 2006
United States: Reclaiming the U.S. Gulf Coast January 29, 2006
Sudan: Class is in Session December 2, 2005
El Shebab Camp, Darfur, Sudan — Nasir Adam Yago likes studying English almost as much as he likes playing soccer - and he's had a chance to do much more of both since Mercy Corps established a school here in August.
Pakistan: Supplying Reopened Schools in Pakistan November 11, 2005
United States: A New School Year, a ‘New Normal' October 27, 2005
Slidell, Louisiana - The only thing Tish Casey tried to retrieve from her ruined pre-K classroom was a rocking chair. It was her grandmother's rocking chair, and Casey, 54, had wanted to give the chair to her own grandchild, expected in April.