Teaching the next generation and keeping them healthy are essential to tomorrow's strong, vibrant societies. Mercy Corps works with communities to shelter and nurture children and youth through innovative education, sports and job training programs.
Through the power of sports, community service and vocational training, we empower young people to make smart life choices and find a productive place in the changing global economy.
Our signature Comfort for Kids program focuses on helping children process trauma after natural disasters and conflict. See our expert's recommendations for how parents and caregivers can help children through times of crisis ▸
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Resources for children after tragedy December 14, 2012
All of us in the Mercy Corps family are struggling to comprehend today's unimaginable tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. To families looking for guidance as they struggle with today's events, we offer these recommendations from our Comfort for Kids expert.
South Sudan: A classroom for Asholl December 4, 2012
Asholl loves school so much that she wants to be a teacher when she grows up. The second grader would stay in class all day if she could: "I like learning to read and write. I am bored when I have to stay home and it is raining. There is nothing to do."
West Bank and Gaza: Voices from Gaza November 25, 2012
In mid-November 2012, hostilities between Israel and Gaza brought incredible violence to both countries. Read how the conflict affected members of our youth leadership program in Gaza, one of the places around the world where we're working to build a global network of young leaders.
Lebanon, Syria: ‘Here, I feel safe’ November 12, 2012
Laughter could be heard across the yard of the Beitokom Community Center in Baalbeck, as Alaa raced to greet us. The 13-year-old and his family recently arrived from Damascus, having fled near-nightly bombardment, terror and immeasurable personal loss.
Advice for parents after Superstorm Sandy October 30, 2012
Mercy Corps pays special attention to helping kids in the wake of disasters. After decades of responding to emergencies, we’ve seen firsthand the serious impact on young survivors and know the importance of protecting children’s emotional wellbeing along with their physical safety.
Yemen: The promise of youth October 23, 2012
I live in Aden, Yemen. I have high hopes for my community and believe we can help it become peaceful and prosperous. But the crises that have engulfed Yemen in the last year have had a negative effect on my people.
Ethiopia: Feeding hungry babies October 11, 2012
In Ida Adays village, our mobile health team weighed seven-month-old Nasteho Mohamed and found her to be malnourished. She weighed only 4kg, but at her age should be somewhere around 4.8kg.
Lebanon, Syria: Kids moving beyond crisis October 9, 2012
We began our first Moving Forward activities in two areas of Lebanon a few weeks ago. The sessions give kids — both Syrian refugees and those from Lebanese host families — a safe, structured place to learn and play away from the current chaos.
South Sudan: Helping Kids Heal: A school for Marsa October 4, 2012
Marsa and her family have resettled in South Sudan after years as refugees, but the basics of learning are still missing.
India: Brewing change for ten years October 2, 2012
In Darjeeling, deep in the foothills of the Himalayas, and in Assam, nourished by a tropical river basin, the world's most favored teas are hand-planted, plucked and processed.