War tears at every fiber of society, but conflict doesn't have to be violent to harm communities. Mercy Corps works to help families rebuild after the destruction of war and engages citizens to find mutually beneficial solutions for change.
Especially in post-conflict settings, we facilitate collaboration between government officials and the people they serve, leading to more accountable and productive leadership. Addressing the root causes of conflict today can help avoid tomorrow's wars and other crises.
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Colombia: Video: Protecting indigenous lands in Colombia
Start with a nationwide war fought largely to acquire land. Then add overlapping titles, valuable natural resources, a sparsely populated region and an inefficient government, and you've got all the ingredients for boundary disputes.
Colombia: Video: 'We've relied on each other to survive'
The youngest, 40-year-old Nancy, was first to arrive in 2007. She was squeezed out by intensifying fighting between guerrillas and paramilitaries and a death threat she couldn't ignore.
Colombia: Video: Reintegrating land mine survivors
Mercy Corps outfitted a rehabilitation center in southern Colombia with the latest technology as part of a holistic program to reintegrate land mine survivors back into their communities.
West Bank and Gaza: Cash-for-work projects in Gaza – part three
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
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.
Colombia: Video: Asana Ipiales
In Colombia, Mercy Corps uses sports as a way to teach youth values such as teamwork and respect. At the beginning and end of each session, the youth do yoga poses to help them relax and concentrate.
Colombia: Video: ¡Vivo Jugando!
Young people in the southern Colombian city of Ipiales are learning respect for each other through Mercy Corps' sports for change program, "Vivo Jugando." It's part of our effort to prevent gender-based violence, a growing concern in a region severely affected by the country's armed conflict.
West Bank and Gaza: Cash-for-work projects in Gaza – part one
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.
DR Congo: In Congo, saving trees and lives
Last November and December I was working with Mercy Corps in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). I had the chance to make a photo essay on our work that the BBC is featuring on their website.
Kenya: The hard work of peacebuilding
“If you remember nothing else, remember our thanks.”