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We believe in the power of all young people to change the world — even those caught in war, poverty and disaster. But how do we reach them with the support they need? In this Q+A, our Director of Conflict Management and Peacebuilding programs explains how we work to give youth in the toughest places the opportunities they need today to build a better tomorrow.

Photo: Miguel Samper for Mercy Corps

We believe in the power of all young people to change the world — even those caught in war, poverty and disaster. But how do we reach them with the support they need? 

In this Q+A, our Director of Conflict Management and Peacebuilding programs explains how we work to give youth in the toughest places the opportunities they need today to build a better tomorrow.

Photo: Miguel Samper for Mercy Corps

Children with disabilities can fall through the cracks during the upheaval of war. Hayam, 8, has muscular dystrophy, which prevented her from getting to the school at Zaatari refugee camp for nearly a year after arriving from Syria.
We’re making sure Hayam and children with special needs can continue their education. Read her story.

Children with disabilities can fall through the cracks during the upheaval of war. Hayam, 8, has muscular dystrophy, which prevented her from getting to the school at Zaatari refugee camp for nearly a year after arriving from Syria.

We’re making sure Hayam and children with special needs can continue their education. Read her story.

Our own Liz Hummer is visiting Mercy Corps’ programs in Niger, and shared this photo:

"How many of you want to go to school?" That was the question we asked this portion of another teen girls group yesterday, some of whom are already married, all of whom are told they have to work at home instead of get an education - and all of whom want that to be different. Mercy Corps is working to change the beliefs that prevent these girls from staying in school.

Mercy Corps works with over a million young people in some of the world’s toughest places, like Afghanistan, Somalia, Colombia and Yemen. Today on International Youth Day, we want to celebrate the important role they play in the global community. See 5 ways these young people are changing the world.

Mercy Corps works with over a million young people in some of the world’s toughest places, like Afghanistan, Somalia, Colombia and Yemen. Today on International Youth Day, we want to celebrate the important role they play in the global community. 

See 5 ways these young people are changing the world.

One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world.

Malala Yousafzai (via givology)

halftheskymovement:

"Education is the only solution. Education first."

– Malala Yousafzai

Malala, who turns 16 today, addressed the United Nations headquarters in New York as part of her campaign to ensure free compulsory education for every child.

Taliban gunmen shot Malala on her school bus last October following her campaign for girls’ rights.

"I am here to speak up for the right of education of every child," she said.

Watch Malala’s full speech at the UN here and sign her Change.org petition.

halftheskymovement:

Malala’s on the cover of TIME! “Malala is now where she wants to be: back in school. The Taliban almost made Malala a martyr; they succeeded in making her a symbol. The memoir she is writing to raise awareness about the 61 million children around the world who are not in school indicates she accepts that unasked-for responsibility as a synonym for courage and a champion for girls everywhere. However Malala concludes her book, her story so far is only just beginning.” - Chelsea Clinton

So deserved.

halftheskymovement:

Malala’s on the cover of TIME!

“Malala is now where she wants to be: back in school. The Taliban almost made Malala a martyr; they succeeded in making her a symbol. The memoir she is writing to raise awareness about the 61 million children around the world who are not in school indicates she accepts that unasked-for responsibility as a synonym for courage and a champion for girls everywhere. However Malala concludes her book, her story so far is only just beginning.”

- Chelsea Clinton

So deserved.

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