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  • Photo: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps

Our strategy

Help people achieve economic security and promote peaceful and productive futures for marginalized populations — women, people with disabilities and youth. Empower young people to drive economic recovery and rebuilding through new technologies that link young software entrepreneurs 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 supplies and food during crisis, including 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 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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