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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Afghanistan: CHWs: A Foundation for Healthier Afghan Communities
Afghanistan: One Lucky Woman In Hazarjuft
Bakhtawar is sitting on a bed in the female in-patient ward of Hazarjuft Hospital in Helmand, Afghanistan. Her name means "lucky woman" but she has been anything but lucky when it comes to preganancy and health.
United States: Bringing Comfort To Kids One Year Later
NEW YORK, NY - In a Hunter College classroom on New York's Upper East Side a Mercy Corps Comfort For Kids Program training session begins.
Reaching the Farthest Child
United States: Remembering September 11, 2001
Kosovo: A mother and child of mercy
Tina is Albanian. She met her Albanian Kosovar husband Ishmet during her nursing training in Albania and they moved back to his family home in Istog in northern Kosovo. It was a painful time for Tina.
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."