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 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.
- Emergency response: Distributing emergency food and supplies to families displaced by crisis. Were on the ground providing aid during the most recent 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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West Bank and Gaza: Wheelchairs are no barrier to sport
A 15-year-old double amputee takes a shot during a wheelchair basketball tournament Mercy Corps organized in the West Bank, an area of the world where those with disabilities are highly marginalized.
West Bank and Gaza: Gaza Sky Geeks takes tech support to the next level
In the isolated Gaza Strip, economic instability is a constant. But in the months after November's conflict, our work with tech-savvy Palestinian youth has taken a new spin.
West Bank and Gaza: Working through war
The power of love in all the people I know — people I work with in Mercy Corps and people I care for — overcame the fear that filled everyone’s heart in Gaza.
West Bank and Gaza: Voices from Gaza
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.
West Bank and Gaza: Assessments postponed, staff lose homes
After rumors of a cease-fire that never materialized yesterday, Gazans spent another sleepless night under even heavier bombardment from Israel, according to Mercy Corps team leaders there. We spoke with them today at 6:00 p.m.
West Bank and Gaza: Report from Gaza City
Isdud Al-Najjar usually spends her days managing Mercy Corps programs in Gaza that range from offering afterschool activities to paying people to rebuild farm roads. But the 36-year-old mother of three has spent the last week hunkered down in her Gaza City home. I spoke to her around 7:30 p.m.
West Bank and Gaza: Mercy Corps urges peaceful resolution to avert humanitarian crisis
Mercy Corps is gravely concerned about the escalating violence between Israel and Gaza.
West Bank and Gaza: Digital opportunities transcend borders
In Gaza, information technology is one of the only ways to connect to a productive future. See what Alaa and her visionary peers achieved at Gaza's first-ever Startup Weekend.
West Bank and Gaza: Online Arabic freelancer network launches in Gaza
After winning third place in the first-ever Startup Weekend in Gaza this past December, AnaLancer has launched an “expert-sourcing platform” that connects freelancers from the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) with business owners worldwide.
West Bank and Gaza: Telling young tech entrepreneurs to go fish
Last week, Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood was abuzz with a rare combination of techies, social investors, Arab world watchers and humanitarians.