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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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.
Kosovo: A level playing field: Peace-building through sport
Ongoing ethnic tensions often limit opportunities for interaction between Kosovo Albanian and Kosovo Serb youths.
Afghanistan: American-Style Baby Swings Sell Well in Afghanistan
Name: Najeeba HaidariAge: 36 yearsLocation: District 10, Kabul (Afghanistan)
United States: Healing Children Through Creative Therapy
Classes and Games Help Kids Experiencing Post-Earthquake Trauma
When he smiles Ali looks like an eight-year-old you might meet anywhere in the world. His face lights up and reveals a big gap that is waiting for a front tooth to take its place.