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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Sudan: Displaced Kids Return to School in Darfur, but Many Are Still Left Out
On a hot, dusty day, hundreds of students pour out of their makeshift school, notebooks in hand. Looking at the smiles on their faces, it could be any after-school scene, but these students have all been displaced from their homes in Darfur, Sudan.
On to Lerik, Azerbaijan
Meeting With Community Mobilizers in Azerbaijan
To Yardimly, Azerbaijan
The road to Yardimly had started out fairly smooth, but soon degenerated into a minefield of potholes and back-jarring ruts. Suleyman continued confidently on to Yardimly, which we reached an hour after our departure from Masalli.
Child Survival in Azerbaijan
As I indulge myself at a luxury hotel in Azerbaijan's capital city of Baku, I cannot believe the contrast between it and what I have just experienced during my trip to the remote mountain regions of Masalli, Yardimly and Lerik, Azerbaijan.
Guatemala: Three Months in Tucurú
West Bank and Gaza: Hebron: A City on the Brink
With blueprints in-hand and a determined expression, Ghalib Abu Subaih inspects the construction work completed on the new school he and his neighbors are building in the Abu Sneinah neighborhood of Hebron City.
West Bank and Gaza: Parents and Teachers Come Together to Improve Education
Georgia: Sofa's Story
Sofia - "Sofa" to her friends - is 13 years old. Like many young girls her age, she enjoys music, dancing and drawing, and is very artistic. Unlike many young girls her age, Sofa was recently homeless and begging on the streets of Tbilisi.
Young Kamran is a lucky seven years old. The youngest of six children, he has healthfully made it through the first critical years of his life. In Kamran's village, many children are not as fortunate.