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. 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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West Bank and Gaza: Cash-for-work projects in Gaza – part three May 3, 2010
My last visit of the day is to a neighborhood after-school program, where Mercy Corps pays unemployed graduates to work in after-school centres, supporting the learning of school children from particularly vulnerable households that are performing most poorly at school.
West Bank and Gaza: Cash-for-work projects in Gaza – part two May 1, 2010
In the late afternoon sunshine, we leave a dusty alley in one of the poorer neighbourhoods of Gaza City, and are welcomed into a small sewing workshop by Ali, the coordinator for this cash-for-work team.
West Bank and Gaza: Cash-for-work projects in Gaza – part one April 30, 2010
On Sha’af street in Gaza City, twenty-five men work in unison, clearing the rubbish and sweeping away the dust that clogs the side of the road. They're all distinguished by the white caps they wear.
West Bank and Gaza: Helping Gaza's children lead ‘normal’ lives again April 21, 2010
West Bank and Gaza: Mercy Corps continues humanitarian assistance in Gaza February 10, 2010
Failing Gaza: No rebuilding, no recovery, no more excuses is the title of the latest report on Gaza, one year after Operation Cast Lead, the three-month military conflict between Israel and Hamas.
West Bank and Gaza: We're all the beneficiaries November 21, 2009
West Bank and Gaza: Tunnels, walls and stones November 19, 2009
I must admit, I found it a bit disappointing that I'd passed so easily through the infamous Ben Gurion International Airport passport control. After I picked up my bag I didn't really know what to do with myself — the flight had arrived early, and I wasn't being held up for questioning.
West Bank and Gaza: Questions on the way to Israel November 9, 2009
I really didn't plan my first trip to Israel and Palestine to coincide with the publication of National Geographic's special issue on The Holy Land —honest, I didn't.
West Bank and Gaza: A mother in search of peace October 23, 2009
It's big news around the Portland headquarters this week that one of our most senior field workers, Isdud Al-Najjar, is in town. That's because her home is in the Gaza Strip, where the odds of getting out are about the same as winning Powerball.
West Bank and Gaza: Gaza photo contest: And the winner is ... October 13, 2009
In my last post, I talked about how we managed to print photos in Jerusalem taken by Gaza youth for a special photo exhibit entitled "Recognizing Our Common Humanity."