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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Energizing Serbian Communities
It is easy to understand their skepticism. After years of false promises followed by years of a regime that largely forgot them, the communities in the Sandzak region of Serbia have seen their share of disappointments and hopes left unfulfilled.
Afghanistan: Rebuilding Opportunity
It was supposed to be 18 kilometers of life, flowing through rural villages and farms as steady as a summer breeze. It would be a welcome elixir that would keep families and livestock healthy, while allowing an impoverished region to claw its way to economic prosperity.
Afghanistan: Master Trainers
On the inhospitable border, nicknamed "No Man's Land", between Pakistan and Afghanistan, a husband and wife team is working to improve the lives of Afghan refugee families flowing to and from Pakistan. Parveen and Syed Safdar are Master Trainers for Mercy Corps.
Food for Thought
Earlier this year, 11-year-old Ibrahim was on the verge of dropping out of the fourth grade. "We were worried," said Alamin Abdirahman, the director of Shitel Elementary School in Shitel, Eritea. "He is a clever student."
Afghanistan: A Class Project Worthy of High Marks
This is one class assignment that the students in Mr. McElroy's third-grade class at Alameda Elementary School in Portland, Oregon would not mind repeating.
Pioneering Program Begins in Azerbaijan
Mercy Corps has received funding from United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for the first Child Survival health initiative to be awarded in Azerbaijan.
Generous action makes youth soccer team a winner
The players on the Wild Green Bananas youth soccer team in West Linn, Oregon did not receive any trophies at the end of their most recent season, but don't tell this group of boys that they aren't winners.
Afghanistan: Giving back by going back
He comes from a place called Sheen Kallay, or green village, but after fours years of drought there are only small patches of green near the southern Afghanistan hometown of Dr. Mohammad Khan Kharoti.
Afghanistan: A new era begins as Afghan schools reopen
The first step in the long road to the revitalization of the education system in Afghanistan is being hailed as a great success, but there is a long way to go to expand the educational opportunities for the country’s 4.5 million school age children.
Afghanistan: Commentary: Don't miss opportunity to help Afghans' education
Being a refugee from Afghanistan has often gotten me attention. Since Sept. 11, the level of interest about my life and beliefs has risen exponentially. I am often asked to share my thoughts and experiences with others.