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 teams up with them 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, the 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 Ukraine, 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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Vanuatu assessment update after Cyclone Pam
Our team of emergency responders determined urgent needs are being met, and that our expertise will have more impact in other crisis-affected countries.
Ukraine: Mercy Corps begins emergency response in Luhansk
More than a million people are displaced and struggling to meet their basic needs in eastern Ukraine. Find out how we’re taking action.
Jordan, Syria: Beyond water: New solutions in one of the driest countries
Change begins with clean water. See how we're repairing Jordan's aging water system to bring more of the vital resource to citizens and Syrian refugees.
Q+A: Deploying to Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam
Emergency response team leader Mark Ferdig discusses how the team has prepared and will assess survivors’ urgent needs in the wake of the disastrous storm.
Assessing survivors' needs after Cyclone Pam hits Vanuatu
Our emergency responders are heading to the most remote islands of Vanuatu to evaluate access to clean water, food and shelter after the category 5 storm ravaged the Pacific Island nation.
Jordan, Syria: Video: More than a playground
After fleeing Syria, Hayat made Jordan her home away from home. Learn how a playground, and Mercy Corps' community leader training, helped her feel less alone.
Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: 8 important things Syrians have lost to four years of war
Four years after the start of the war in Syria, millions of refugees are still far from home. What are the daily challenges they face?
Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Quick facts: What you need to know about the Syria crisis
Nearly four years in, Syria's civil war has fueled a massive exodus. See the staggering statistics and learn the facts behind the figures.
Jordan, Syria: Photos: Winter through the eyes of Syrian refugee children
In their own words, Syrian refugee children at Zaatari camp tell us what the winter has been like — and what they wish for to get through the freezing weather.
9 humanitarian crises we can't ignore this year
Barely two months into 2015, we are faced with escalating threats in many parts of the world that are putting millions of people at risk. What are the biggest challenges we face in the year ahead — and what must we do to help?