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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China: Christine: There for Sichuan's Survivors
China: Healing the Future
So much depends on children. They're the pride and joy of their families, as well as eternal hope for a better future. There's perhaps no place in the world where this rings more true than China.
United States: Four bands heard around the world
It's not unusual for hundreds of people to crowd around the stage at the Crystal Ballroom, bouncing up and down on the venue's famed "floating" dance floor and cheering on a series of bands playing rock songs both old and new.
Pakistan: Babies, Full and Contented
You would expect a small room of 20 young children between the ages of six months and three years to be quite a noisy affair. But in this narrow space in Pakistan's Hazara Town, it is surprisingly quiet.
DR Congo: Congo's Hidden Displaced
Her name is Laurene. She lives in a church. She is 10 years old.
DR Congo: Charlie
Mongolia: Better School Lunches - No, Really
Bat-Ulzii, Mongolia - Throughout much of Mongolia, school meals are the only nutrition that students receive.
Zimbabwe: Helping teens manage difficult situations
Sudan: Teaching English as an opportunity
India: Creative jobs keep teens close to home