The first members of our emergency-response team are headed to the quake zone, where they'll quickly assess needs and begin delivering relief to affected families.
Meet our response team
Leading our response is Richard Jacquot, who has directed our relief operations in the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo, cyclone-battered Myanmar and the U.S. Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Gene Kunze brings 10 years of experience in humanitarian work and served as program director for our emergency response to China's Sichuan earthquake in 2008.
Jenny Vaughn is a current member of our conflict-management team who recently served as our Head of Office in the Central African Republic, one of the world's poorest countries.
Mugur Dumitrache is a crisis-tested water and sanitation advisor who's brought innovative solutions to the aftermath of dozens of disasters, including last year's earthquake in Indonesia.
Cassandra Nelson has worked in dozens of disaster and war zones -- including Iraq, Afghanistan and post-tsunami Indonesia -- and served frequently as Mercy Corps' spokesperson in the field.
Thank you for support to families reeling from this disaster. If you haven't already, consider setting up a fundraising page on mercycorps.org to recruit friends and family to our effort.