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  • Photo: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps

Our strategy

Promote peaceful and productive futures for those who are marginalized — women, people with disabilities and youth. Help families recover from emergencies and ultimately achieve economic security, especially by empowering young people to use software and Internet technologies to connect with the global market.

The context

The Gaza Strip, home to 1.8 million people, has been under a blockade since 2007, which has paralyzed its economy and led to severe shortages of water, electricity, food and fuel. According to the U.N., at least 80 percent of the population is dependent on external assistance.

Our work

  • Emergency response: Distributing emergency food and supplies to families displaced by crisis. We're on the ground providing aid during the current conflict and have responded to flooding in December 2013, the Israel-Hamas conflict in 2008-09, and border closures in 2005
  • Children & Youth: Providing educational mentoring, one-on-one tutoring and psychosocial support for young people, who make up half the population
  • Economic opportunity: Expanding employment opportunities, especially in the internet technology sector, by providing training, networking opportunities and seed funding for startups

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