Teaching the next generation and keeping them healthy are essential to tomorrow's strong, vibrant societies. Mercy Corps works with communities to shelter and nurture children and youth through innovative education, sports and job training programmes.
Through the power of sports, community service and vocational training, we empower young people to make smart life choices and find a productive place in the changing global economy.
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Indonesia: "Is it healthy food or not?" July 29, 2010
“Why, lately, has my child been commenting on the food that I cook, asking if is it healthy food or not?” was a mother's question. Yulaita, the principal of Aisyiyah Suka Ramai Kindergarten in Aceh recalls hearing the question — she's also been hearing similar question from her child.
Chile's first Comfort for Kids programs hold closing ceremony July 22, 2010
West Bank and Gaza: VIDEO: For the Children of Gaza June 29, 2010
Since February 2009, immediately after Operation Cast Lead, Mercy Corps in Gaza has been implementing a comprehensive psychosocial programme funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).
Haiti: A youthful vision for a new Haiti June 28, 2010
Harnessing the energy of young people is instrumental in rebuilding a stronger Haiti. Our youth programmes put that belief into action by addressing young people’s unique psychosocial needs and investing in their development.
West Bank and Gaza: 'I wish I was like the rest of the children in the world' June 25, 2010
Roba wants to be an English teacher. Soad a lawyer. Abeer a psychological therapist, and Monzer a doctor. Hala has not yet decided what she wants to do in the future, but for now is determined to achieve the highest scores in school.
Haiti: H is for Haiti! Mercy Corps partners with Sesame Workshop to help Haiti's children June 24, 2010
Central African Republic: From our photo library June 18, 2010
A couple of years ago, someone mentioned that I should look at the photography of Mercy Corps staffer, Jenny Bussey Vaughan. At the time she was working in Central African Republic. The disc of images I received was filled with excellent work.
Haiti: Rooting for Messi! June 12, 2010
Benoit Samuel, 9, is rooting for Lionel Messi – his favorite football player – who’s playing today for Argentina in the World Cup. Haiti doesn't have a team in the Cup, but that doesn't mean that Haitians across the country aren't watching their favorite teams: Argentina and Brazil.
"Now I know what to do if it happens again" June 3, 2010
It’s been a marathon of logistics and preparations, but we are now bringing our tailored-for-Chile version of Mercy Corps workshops to some 800 boys and girls in the towns of Talcahuano, Penco, Coronel, Hualpén, San Pedro de la Paz
Indonesia: Video: MBAs in action May 28, 2010
It’s midnight in the slums of Jakarta. Four intrepid Ivy League co-eds, armed only with a video camera, tiptoe down a dark alley towards a door cracked open just enough to reveal the orange glow of a light within…