As young people mature, the decisions they make have an enormous impact on their families, their communities and our world. But growing up surrounded by poverty, war or in the aftermath of disaster increases their risks and limits their choices.
That's why giving children and youth the right support at this most critical time is essential to building tomorrow’s strong, productive communities.
When disaster strikes, young children are especially vulnerable to developing emotional and social problems that can jeopardize their futures. Mercy Corps worked with experts to design our signature Comfort for Kids programme that helps children process their trauma and recover through play, sports and art activities. See our expert's recommendations for how parents and caregivers can help children through times of crisis ▸
For adolescents faced with violence, early marriage and interruptions to schooling, we provide opportunities for community involvement, vocational training and life skills development. Our goal is to empower youth in the toughest places to make smart life choices and invest their energy in developing solutions to their countries’ biggest challenges.
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Jordan, Syria: Leena's worries for her children September 20, 2012
I met Leena in the Zaatari refugee camp, near Jordan's northwest border with Syria.
Liberia: Youth find work meeting new needs September 14, 2012
Two young men sit outside the shop that's brought them a new source of income.
Lebanon, Syria: Building a community of support for refugees September 12, 2012
Two signature Mercy Corps programmes will bring support and healing to young Syrian refugees, their parents, and Lebanese hosts families, all affected by the escalating violence in Syria.
Haiti: Giving kids a sporting chance September 4, 2012
Cité Soleil is full of a lot of things, but hope is not one of them.
Haiti: Helping Kids Heal: Emmanuella's story August 31, 2012
The 2010 earthquake was just the first tragedy to strike Emmanuella's young life. Amid violence and uncertainty, she's found comfort and confidence on the football pitch.
Central African Republic: Play therapy for children displaced by LRA violence August 31, 2012
New groups are helping more kids heal from the terror wrought by Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army.
Jordan, Syria: Helping young refugees play August 30, 2012
Just six miles south of the Jordan-Syria border, in the middle of a barren, windswept desert, there’s a haven of safety for more than 20,000 Syrians who have fled their homes in recent months.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Syria's refugee tide: Children at the heart of our mission August 28, 2012
Children especially are swelling the refugee ranks. It is a scenario I have witnessed over many years in the Middle East, Central America, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and other war zones.
Lebanon, Syria: Making progress to comfort more Syrian kids August 28, 2012
Yesterday held some big developments for Mercy Corps' new efforts to support Syrian refugees flooding into Lebanon.
South Sudan: Fighting for an education August 16, 2012
Ten-year-old Zenaib is excited to begin attending class in one of the temporary learning spaces that Mercy Corps is currently constructing.