Alyssa Cogan’s stories
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.
Greece, Syria: How refugee parents comfort their children
Every parent wants their child to feel safe and protected. But how do you provide that when you're caught in a war? We asked refugee parents how they ease their children's fears. This is what they said.
Greece: This is what a refugee family looks like
Every refugee family looks different, and every story is unique. But they're all working against the odds to overcome tremendous adversity and remain undivided. Meet some of them here.
Afghanistan, Greece, Iraq, Jordan, Syria: How technology is affecting the refugee crisis
The mass movement of refugees toward western Europe has spawned a modern migration, one in which smartphones, the internet and other technologies play a lifesaving and transformative role.
Who is a mother around the world?
Meet some of the inspiring mothers we know from across the globe. Find out what a typical day looks like for them, and learn how they're overcoming challenges to support their children, better themselves and transform their communities.
Nigeria: New report investigates how Boko Haram recruits youth
Boko Haram is fueling crisis in Nigeria, and experts agree: The majority of its fighters are youth. To learn how to prevent further recruitment, we researched what motivates certain young people to join while others resist. Read our findings.
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.
Ethiopia: Quick facts: How we're fighting hunger in Ethiopia
Faced with another severe drought, millions of Ethiopians are struggling to get the food they need to survive. Why does this keep happening? Learn more about this recurring crisis and how we're helping families overcome it once and for all.
Afghanistan: Addressing anger, not just income, is key to fighting instability in Afghanistan
We're tackling insecurity and violence in Afghanistan by providing young people with the support they need to build stable livelihoods, cope with life's challenges and bolster stronger, more just communities.
We asked our staff: What's cooking around the world?
Hear from some of our international team members about traditional cuisine in their home countries. Learn how different foods are prepared and the ways in which they bring people together.