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 and then team up with communities to build back stronger.
We have responded to almost every global natural disaster in the last 20 years, including Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Japan tsunami, the Haiti earthquake, hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa, and the Indian Ocean tsunami.
Our seasoned emergency responders work through conflict in Gaza and are on the ground in Iraq, South Sudan and the Central African Republic distributing critical supplies and protecting families uprooted by ongoing violence.
We're also working to support 2.5 million people affected by the crisis in Syria, a long-term refugee crisis and humanitarian disaster with no end in sight. Learn more about our ongoing response to the Syrian crisis ▸
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Philippines: Typhoon survivors weather another blow: Stories after Hagupit December 9, 2014
Our emergency team is visiting families after this weekend’s powerful storm swept through communities that lost everything to Typhoon Haiyan just one year ago.
Philippines: Typhoon Hagupit batters Philippines with heavy rain and wind December 7, 2014
Typhoon Hagupit made landfall in the Philippines this weekend, bringing new threats of major flooding and dangerous landslides to families still recovering from last year's Typhoon Haiyan.
Philippines: Acting quickly to prepare for Typhoon Hagupit December 4, 2014
Typhoon Hagupit is taking aim at the Philippines with significant force. Our team on the ground is acting quickly to help people get to safety.
Liberia: Ebola response diaries: Nyema November 24, 2014
Most members of our Ebola response team are from Liberia. Hear how they’re living with the outbreak and why they’re determined to help their communities beat the virus.
DR Congo: Cash and the family goat: Sifa’s story of survival November 17, 2014
When Sifa and her children fled their home, the only thing they had to rely on was the family goat. Learn how we helped her recover what she lost.
Iraq, Syria: Helping families on the run from conflict in Syria and Iraq November 13, 2014
When you don’t know when you can return home, how do you move forward with your life? Cash assistance, rather than handouts, helps displaced families meet their varied needs — and restores some of the dignity they’ve lost.
Liberia: Report: Battling Ebola’s economic consequences November 11, 2014
Fewer jobs and lower incomes mean most Liberians don't have enough to eat. What we're doing to address the deepening food crisis.
Philippines: One year after Typhoon Haiyan: Progress report November 8, 2014
From emergency relief to economic support, how families in the Philippines are recovering and building a stronger future.
Philippines: Clean water for Baby Yolee's first birthday November 7, 2014
Yolee was born just hours before Typhoon Haiyan destroyed her family's home. Today, they're celebrating progress with a new source of clean water.
Lebanon, Syria: In crowded Lebanon, Syrian refugees are forced to shelter in unlikely places November 5, 2014
Lebanon is the smallest country crowded with the largest number of Syrian refugees. We're helping families prepare for winter in the abandoned buildings they've found to call home.