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
All stories about West Bank and Gaza
West Bank and Gaza: In the Crossfire: Needs Persist in Gaza June 16, 2006
Mercy Corps delivered food aid to 317 impoverished families on July 26, part of a continuing effort to ease humanitarian needs in a situation the UN says continues to deteriorate.
West Bank and Gaza: A Growing Despair June 15, 2006
West Bank and Gaza: Struggling to Survive June 1, 2006
West Bank and Gaza: Serving the Vulnerable May 25, 2006
Dier Al Balah, Gaza - First there was 26-year-old Helena, still recovering from five surgeries to repair a broken back that leaves her unable to stand without aid.
West Bank and Gaza: Connecting Two Cultures May 18, 2006
West Bank and Gaza: Gaza Beset By Food Shortages, Economic Woe May 18, 2006
As the representatives of donor governments made fresh vows to rapidly establish a flow of aid to Palestinians on Monday, the humanitarian crisis in Gaza continues.
West Bank and Gaza: Easing the Burden for Gaza's Disabled May 11, 2006
West Bank and Gaza: Growing Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza May 5, 2006
West Bank and Gaza: When Life Gives You Olives January 6, 2006
Khuloud Qassem used to think that making soap from olive oil required complex chemical compounds and snazzy technology.
West Bank and Gaza: Hebron: A City on the Brink June 18, 2004
With blueprints in-hand and a determined expression, Ghalib Abu Subaih inspects the construction work completed on the new school he and his neighbors are building in the Abu Sneinah neighborhood of Hebron City.