Alyssa Cogan’s stories
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.
Nepal: The long road to recovery: Three years after quake, Nepalis push ahead
Learn what recovery has been like for some of the people Mercy Corps worked with in the years since an earthquake devastated communities in Nepal.
South Sudan, Uganda: In Uganda, two women form a friendship without borders
At Bidi Bidi refugee settlement in Uganda, see what happens when a South Sudanese refugee and a Ugandan woman unite to build better lives, together.
Guatemala: In Guatemala City, choice changes everything
Drugs, violence and poverty are rife in Guatemala City, leaving many young people feeling they don't have the power to change their circumstances. We're showing them otherwise.