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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Kyrgyzstan: The Pearl of Kyrgyzstan
The village of Ornok sits on the touristy northern shores of Lake Issyk Kul, the so-called "The Pearl of Kyrgyzstan."
Kyrgyzstan: Global Food for Education
In October 2001, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded Mercy Corps a Global Food for Education program, which aims to mobilize and strengthen community involvement in education, and improve access to education for children living throughout Kyrgyzstan.
Kyrgyzstan: An Extraordinary Businesswoman Works to Improve the Lives of Orphans
Klara isn't an ordinary businesswoman, but that's what we all thought she was when she started buying flour donated by the U.S Department of Agriculture in Osh, Kyrgyzstan.
Indonesia: Reaching Her Dreams
Hope at the End of the Road
Working Together to Improve Education in Eritrea
Eritrea, located in the Horn of Africa, gained its independence in 1991. Years of war left Eritrea without even the most basic educational resources.
United States: Program Lends Comfort to New York City's Largest School District
Kosovo: Raisa's story
Raisa was not like the other children in the village. As other children played and ran around, Raisa was always sitting on the steps of her house alone or by the time she caught up to the others, they had run off somewhere else. Even eating was exhausting.
A Priceless Process
You have to drive 20 minutes to get there, and if you don't arrive at least 20 minutes before the game begins, you'll probably have to watch it standing. Unless you're the deputy mayor.
Georgia: One wish
In many ways Levan is like any 13-year-old boy in any country around the world. He is bright, inquisitive and has a passion for sports. "My wish is to become a soccer player, the best shooter on the national soccer team and to win the world championship," he says.