Alyssa Cogan’s stories
Where are the world's toughest places?
Mercy Corps works in 16 of the 20 most vulnerable countries in the new 2014 Fragile States Index. Learn about the crises some of these countries are up against, and what we're doing to help families overcome them.
Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Voices of Syria's youth: What it's like to grow up as a refugee
As part of our new research, we asked youth affected by the Syria crisis to describe their struggles and hopes. See their art and photos — and learn what we must do to help this generation rebuild.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: New workbooks help Syria's children tell their story
See the beautiful images by Syrian-born illustrator Lina Safer in our Comfort for Kids workbooks, which help young refugees heal through creative expression and stay connected to their culture.
Guatemala: Recipes for a bright start: Healthy meals for Guatemala's children
Learn how to make the dishes we're teaching mothers to cook for their children to fight malnutrition and prepare them for a happy future.
Responding to record-breaking floods in Bosnia and Serbia
Our team is on the ground assessing needs after massive flooding inundated communities and displaced hundreds of thousands in northeast Bosnia and northwest Serbia last week.
Philippines: Casimira's story: Building a stronger future after Haiyan
How we're helping families like the Asidtos get the tools they need to rebuild their lives now and for years to come.
Kyrgyzstan: Meet our field staff: Alexander and Bakhtiyar
Alexander Kirillov and Bakhtiyar Ergashev have been part of our team in Kyrgyzstan since we began work there 20 years ago. Today, they're leading the fight against hunger and malnutrition in the country.
South Sudan: 9 signs of humanitarian catastrophe we can't ignore
Brutal violence and increasing displacement have created massive needs. Our Country Director reports on why this crisis needs action now.
China: Progress report: Rebuilding communities one year after quake
One year after an earthquake devastated rural China, we're looking back on the recovery effort and looking ahead toward long-term rebuilding.
Central African Republic: Rainy season heightens risk of disease
New photos from the Central African Republic, where we're addressing urgent water and sanitation needs for displaced families facing squalid living conditions.