Alleviate poverty by helping refugees return and reintegrate into society, teaching families how to start and expand small businesses, and promoting leadership, conflict resolution and job skills training among youth.
Thirteen years after the war and four years after its declaration of independence, Kosovo continues its struggle to emerge as a peaceful and prosperous independent state. Tensions between the majority Albanian and non-majority Serbian populations in Northern Kosovo demand the attention and resources of international organizations. Meanwhile, a continuing economic crisis contributes to 48 percent unemployment — one of the highest rates in the region.
- Economic opportunity: Providing training, loans and other financial services to small business owners
- Emergency response: Helping families still displaced from the Kosovo war resettle away from lead-contaminated camps
- Children & Youth: Engaging youth in civic projects, internships and activities that promote inter-ethnic cooperation
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Kosovo: A power to change lives
Mercy Corps' Healthy Community Initiatives in Kosovo is working to improve the health of Kosovars through strengthening health knowledge and advocacy skills at village level and strengthening the ability of the Municipalities - four in northern and central Kosovo - to provide good quality care th
Kosovo: UN Secretary-General visits Mercy Corps project in Kosovo
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan received a first hand look at a Mercy Corps project today on the final day of a two-day trip to Kosovo.
Kosovo: Raisa's story
Raisa was not like the other children in the village. As other children played and ran around, Raisa was always sitting on the steps of her house alone or by the time she caught up to the others, they had run off somewhere else. Even eating was exhausting.
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.
Kosovo: Finding common ground in Kosovo
Caring for bees is more than just a job or a hobby to Metush Maxuti. It is his passion. Maxuti, a beekeeper and head of The Beekeepers Association in Cernica, Kosovo, believes that people living in Kosovo can learn an important lesson from the insects he loves.
Kosovo: Thousands Flee Fighting in Macedonia
As thousands of families flee fighting in Macedonia, Mercy Corps and its local partners are providing critical aid to refugees entering neighboring Kosovo.
Kosovo: Mercy Corps' Small Enterprise Development Program Celebrates Milestone
In March 2001, the Agency for Finance in Kosovo (AFK) disbursed its 100th loan to Mr. Xhevdet Dranqolli, a 39 year-old tailor from Peja, Kosovo. The 100th loan signifies AFK's successful transition to a local finance institution.