As young people mature, the decisions they make have an enormous impact on their families, their communities and our world. But growing up surrounded by poverty, war or in the aftermath of disaster increases their risks and limits their choices.
That's why giving children and youth the right support at this most critical time is essential to building tomorrow’s strong, productive communities.
When disaster strikes, young children are especially vulnerable to developing emotional and social problems that can jeopardize their futures. Mercy Corps worked with experts to design our signature Comfort for Kids program that helps children process their trauma and recover through play, sports and art activities. See our expert's recommendations for how parents and caregivers can help children through times of crisis ▸
For adolescents faced with violence, early marriage and interruptions to schooling, we provide opportunities for community involvement, vocational training and life skills development. Our goal is to empower youth in the toughest places to make smart life choices and invest their energy in developing solutions to their countries’ biggest challenges.
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Haiti: Displaced and uncertain
One million people are displaced by the earthquake. There are tent encampments throughout the city. In fact, now every open space is now filled with tents — most often just plastic or sheets on poles.
Haiti: What the Haitian people still have
It has meant a lot to me to be back here in Haiti. I had spent some time here 15 years ago and just fell in love with the culture, people, and their artistic and spiritual life.
Haiti: Five-year-old gives up his secret stash
Editor's note: This is one in an occasional series of short stories about inspiring and colorful donor contributions, efforts and events — both here in the Pacific Northwest and across the country.
Haiti: A community's enthusiasm to heal their children
Today was my first day in Haiti. It’s an experience to arrive here: I came on a small plane with five other aid workers, two of them were Mercy Corps colleagues.
Haiti: Sous les belles étoiles
Today, I heard one of the most beautiful and most heartbreaking things of my life. It’s something I’ll always carry with me — and perhaps the one phrase I’ll attach to my time in Haiti.
Haiti: Healing the emotional wounds of Haiti's children
China: Helping inform policy in China
Tomorrow, I will be representing Mercy Corps China at the National Post-disaster Psychosocial Response Plan Review Seminar, organized by School of Social Development and Public Policy (SSDPP) at Beijing Normal University.
Indonesia: Video: "My Child's Café" nourishes kids in North Jakarta
We would like to thank those who have given online to Mercy Corps by posting this three-minute video of a program made possible by your donations: Healthy Street Foods in Jakarta.
Lebanon: Foundations for a strong future: Youth in Lebanon and Jordan promote cultural heritage
Daily life in Lebanon and Jordan means contending with a large number of social and economic pressures and many young people — who make up the vast majority of the population — have lost sight of their cultural heritage.
Liberia: Every child should be in the picture
In Parker Town, Gbarpolu County, in the north of Liberia where Mercy Corps has a number of agriculture programs, I rounded up these children for a group portrait.