Improve the quality of life of ordinary citizens by working with communities and local leaders to create and strengthen sustainable, legitimate livelihoods. Promote gender integration and equal opportunities for women and girls.
Decades of ongoing conflict, political instability, drought and economic chaos have left Afghanistan one of the world’s poorest and unstable nations. Eighty-five percent of the population relies on agriculture and natural resource-based livelihoods, leaving them vulnerable in a precarious economy.
- Agriculture & Food: Increasing farmers' production through training, infrastructure and links to local and global markets
- Economic opportunity: Providing training and work opportunities in areas ranging from road-building to poultry farming
- Environment: Identify and address natural resource depletion by educating farmers and government officials about sustainable water development
- Women & Gender: Helping women learn job skills and start small businesses
All stories about Afghanistan
Afghanistan: Mercy Corps Founder: There is no victory while millions suffer
Taliban and al-Qaida forces in Afghanistan appear, in large part, to be defeated. Their corpses litter the desolate landscape; their survivors are fleeing to their dark hideouts or are in detention.
Afghanistan: Rehabilitation Program improving lives of disabled Afghans
For Afghan families living in the refugee villages in Baluchistan Province, Pakistan, the challenges they face each day are enormous. This is especially true for those who are disabled, as well as for those who must care for disabled relatives, children and friends.
Afghanistan: “We were born from this ground and we are not leaving”
KANDAHAR CITY, Afghanistan - This week the markets and bazaars of Kandahar are open and there appears to be a feeling of hope. The dusty streets are congested with motorized rickshaws, pick-up trucks and old Russian made four-wheelers.
Afghanistan: Needs remain great in southern Afghanistan
The situation in Kandahar, Afghanistan is both hopeful and dire.
Afghanistan: Refugee mom: 'We came here to save our lives'
QUETTA, Pakistan - Taghnesa, 40, fled her village in the northern Afghanistan province of Kunduz nearly three months ago when the fighting between Northern Alliance troops and the Taliban escalated.
Afghanistan: Mercy Corps launches campaign for Afghan children
Mercy Corps is responding to the urgent needs in Afghanistan, launching an unprecedented $5 million campaign to provide lifesaving aid to children. With the arrival of winter, hunger and hardship increase dramatically, further compounding the difficulties faced by Afghan families.
Afghanistan: Margaret Larson reports from Pakistan refugee camp
CHAMAN, PAKISTAN, Dec. 10 - I've been working directly at the border, near Chaman, Pakistan and it has been amazing.
Afghanistan: Afghan refugees continue to seek shelter in Pakistan
A recent stream of Afghan refugees crossing the border into Pakistan has sped up the transfer of refugee families from a temporary refugee camp to a more permanent camp at Roghani near the Chaman border crossing.
Afghanistan: Mercy Corps to assist additional 10,000 Afghan families
Mercy Corps has received a $2 million grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide emergency support to drought and conflict-affected families in southern Afghanistan.
Afghanistan: For Afghans, no hope, no help, no time left
As this bleak moonscape we call Afghanistan disgorges its dazed masses into this country, one is struck by the sheer magnitude of bad news borne by an essentially hospitable, beautiful people: 22 years of continuous war, including a brutal decade of Soviet occupation; years more of civil war; fou