Filed by: Kelly Montgomery
Digital Content Producer
In Iraq and Pakistan, adolescent youth are facing huge challenges as they try to grow up amidst the conflict, danger and uncertainty that surrounds them. With fighting and other security issues interrupting their daily lives, it’s nearly impossible to learn, grow and make important life decisions without a strong support system.
A new report by global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps examines the role of adolescent girls in Kenya’s pastoralist communities, finding that their contribution to household and community food security is critical and grows during times of crisis. With Kenya facing reoccurring drought and hunger, Mercy Corps advises the development community to evaluate the role adolescent girls play in strengthening their communities and adjust programming to meet the needs of this key demographic.
The brutal violence that has plagued South Sudan for more than a year continues after another round of unsuccessful peace talks between government and rebel forces last month. In recent weeks, the population of displaced people living at the UN base in Bentiu has risen dramatically from 53,000 people to 75,000.
In Triokhizbenka village, only a about a mile from the front lines of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, we meet Ivan, 61. He shows us a house that was destroyed by shelling in December of last year. Two of his elderly relatives lived there until the violence took their home.
Now, Ivan and his wife are hosting the elderly couple — they have nowhere else to go. “If we don’t help as human beings, who is going to help?” he asks.
Fatoumata Aboubacar and the rest of her gardening association in Ansongo, Mali are awaiting the arrival of four tons of potatoes.
The group recently planted more than 2,000 pounds of potato seeds that they received through a Mercy Corps program helping fight hunger in rural Mali. Through the program, we’re providing farmers like Fatoumata with supplies and training to make their agricultural livelihoods — and their food sources — more reliable.
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Deadline to apply: April 30th, 2015
Summary of the Position:
Funded by: Jendouba Tekhdem! (Jendouba Works), a project to support employment and entrepreneurship amongst young people linked to natural resource valorisation in the governorate of Jendouba
Type of Position: 1 consultant
Main Location: Tunis, with periods of work in Jendouba governorate, in Tunisia
Duration: Up to 19 days work
Dates: Between May - September 2015
This position is contingent on funding
PROGRAM/ DEPARTMENT SUMMARY:
Mercy Corps has been present in Guatemala since 2001, tackling issues such as food security, health, hurricane disaster relief, land conflict resolution, horticulture value chains, and sustainable income generation. Our current projects work predominantly with indigenous populations in the northern and western highlands where services are generally limited, literacy rates are low, and more than half of the children suffer from stunted growth due to malnutrition with 200 team members.
Mercy Corps has been working in Afghanistan continuously since 1986. Presently, Mercy Corps is working in nine provinces in Afghanistan with a portfolio of programmes aimed at promoting sustainable, agriculture and natural resource-based livelihoods, increasing food security, micro-finance and strengthening private sector, civil society and government institutions. Donors include the United States State Department, the Asia Development Bank, the German Government and the Department for International Development of the British Government (DFID).