Education is the foundation of progress, but it is often interrupted by extreme poverty, war and other crises. As a result, individuals and their communities often can't reach their full potential.
Mercy Corps works to bring access to education to women and men of all ages and economic groups to help ensure a better future for all.
Jordan, Syria: I lost everything when my home was bombed. So I built a school for refugees.
Ahmad was a cattle farmer in Syria when war ended the only life he knew. So he resettled in Jordan—and did something radical.
Guatemala: In Guatemala City, choice changes everything
Drugs, violence and poverty are rife in Guatemala City, leaving many young people feeling they don't have the power to change their circumstances. We're showing them otherwise.
7 ways you changed the world in 2017
Your compassion and generosity helped us transform nearly 22 million lives this past year. Here are just a few of the ways you made the world a better place in 2017.
Jordan, Syria: 7 ways you're helping Syrian refugees build better lives
Because of caring people like you, our response to the Syrian refugee crisis has kept growing — and now, there are so many ways we are working together to help Syrian refugee families.
Lebanon, Syria: Syrian dad determined to keep refugee kids learning
Ziad will do anything to ensure his children get an education — and a future — as refugees. At this camp in Lebanon, that meant starting a school in his tent and teaching lessons himself.
Lebanon, Syria: In Lebanon, one Syrian boy forced to grow up fast
Where school is out of reach, many Syrian refugees start work young, to learn a trade and help make ends meet for their families. We meet Hammoudi, a young teen in Lebanon, who dreams of returning to school.
A brighter future starts with an education
Learn more about the many ways that you’re helping Mercy Corps keep kids in school and transform communities around the world. With an education, a brighter future awaits.
Iraq: One youth leader turns play into progress
Growing up in Baghdad isn’t easy — violence and fear are part of the daily reality. But Zahra, 18, is bringing positive change to other young women in her community through movement and mentorship.
Somalia: How restoring a school is reviving hope in Somalia
As we celebrate 10 years in Somalia, we also acknowledge another accomplishment: Opening Mogadishu's first public secondary school in 25 years. Find out how education is giving the city's young people hope for a better future.
Jordan, Syria: New glasses bring refugee child to the head of the class
It's difficult to learn if you cannot see. That's why Mercy Corps is linking Syrian refugee school children in Jordan, like Omar, with necessary eye exams and glasses.