Life can change for millions of families in an instant: natural disasters take loved ones and the outbreak of war drives families from their homes. When the unthinkable happens, Mercy Corps delivers rapid, lifesaving aid to hard-hit communities.
We have responded to almost every global disaster in the last 20 years, including the Japan tsunami, Haiti earthquake, hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa, Indian Ocean tsunami, and most recently, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
We're also working to support nearly two million people affected by the crisis in Syria, a long-term humanitarian disaster with no end in site. Learn more about our ongoing response to the Syrian refugee crisis ▸
All stories about Emergency response
South Sudan: Critical need for clean water and sanitation as violence continues March 5, 2014
More than 900,000 have been displaced by conflict in South Sudan. As humanitarian conditions worsen, we're working tirelessly to meet emergency needs of vulnerable families in Unity State.
Colombia: Relief for a family displaced by conflict February 21, 2014
Miriam's family received emergency supplies from us after being uprooted from their home. On a recent trip to Columbia our director of development met her and received a tour of her new shelter — a makeshift house built in a mangrove.
Indonesia, Philippines: Meet our field staff: Dewi February 17, 2014
When Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, Dewi Hanifah, a seasoned first responder, was quickly deployed to the devastated region.
Philippines: Rebuilding homes with mobile money February 12, 2014
In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, our mobile banking program is providing Filipinos, like Rodelyn and Zeny, with safe new roofs — and new opportunities.
Lebanon, Syria: Meeting urgent needs of new Syrian refugees February 7, 2014
Getting critical supplies to families who have recently crossed the border is a key part of our work in Lebanon. Watch a video of our latest distribution.
Guatemala: Building homes and resilience in communities struck by quake February 5, 2014
We responded immediately when natural disaster devastated rural communities in Guatemala, and we stayed beyond the emergency to help them build back better.
Indonesia: Emergency support ready in disaster-prone region January 30, 2014
Our Indonesia Response Team is positioned to rush relief to families when emergencies like this month's flooding in West Java strike this vulnerable nation.
South Sudan: Mercy Corps welcomes ceasefire, calls for increased access to those in need January 27, 2014
With this agreement, we and our colleagues hope there will be a quick improvement in the security conditions that help us reach more people with food, water and supplies.
Central African Republic: Distributing food, addressing sanitation needs as violence spreads January 24, 2014
The situation continues to deteriorate in CAR, where we are helping prevent the spread of disease and rushing supplies to families uprooted by fighting.
Philippines: Mobile banking helps isolated families recover from Haiyan January 22, 2014
Our new mobile money program is speeding funds to typhoon-affected families, like the Franciscos, in remote regions of the Philippines.