Alyssa Cogan’s stories
Nigeria: Where climate change drives conflict, peacebuilding skills are the path forward
In communities where climate change is depleting life-giving resources, increasing tension and pushing families to the brink, we’re empowering them to fight back. Our peacebuilding work bridges divides and improves conflict-management skills so vulnerable people are equipped to build resilience to the climate crisis — by facing it together.
Kenya: Going mobile: How phones have become a critical farming tool
Climate disasters, poverty and a lack of resources have made farming in Kenya an increasingly unreliable livelihood. We're using technology to help them improve their odds.
"Something like this can happen to any of us": An interview with one of our humanitarian responders
Sonal Shinde, a career emergency first responder, supports Mercy Corps' humanitarian responses in Africa. In this Q&A, learn about her experience responding to disasters around the world and her perspective on why humanitarian work is so important.
Guatemala: Where violence traps youth in poverty, opportunity frees them
In Guatemala City's most dangerous neighborhoods, deeply-rooted violence, poverty and lack of opportunity fuel chronic instability that keeps people from thriving. Learn how we're working with young people like Claudia to break that cycle.
Zimbabwe: From the field: Our team reports on Cyclone Idai recovery in Zimbabwe
Several weeks after the disaster struck southern Africa, a member of our emergency response reflects on seeing continued need and the first signs of hope firsthand.
Nigeria: A tale of overcoming: One girl's journey from orphan to leader
In a world filled with obstacles, Suwaiba has steadfastly chased her dreams — and empowered others along the way. Read her story.
United States: Carmen's story: Recovering from disaster by rebuilding the past
Puerto Rico's most vulnerable residents continue to deal with hardship one year after Hurricane Maria, but with your help, we're building beyond disaster.
India: Unveiling a world of possibility on India's tea estates
Life on India's tea estates can be difficult — especially for youth who have limited access to resources and opportunities to build a bright future. Learn how we're helping them look past their circumstances and see possibility.
Colombia: Out of tragedy, a new family forms
When Oriana fled with her children to Colombia, she found herself with both less and more than she bargained for: living under a bridge with a large, surrogate family of equally desperate Venezuelan refugees. Here's her story.
Kenya: Wild weather: How we're helping Kenyans fight climate change
Extreme climate-driven disasters including drought and flood have pummeled Kenya in recent years, leaving millions at risk of hunger. This is how we're helping communities build less fragile futures.