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 the Nepal earthquake, 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 3.7 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 ▸
All stories about Emergency response
Kenya, Somalia: The long journey home
Many refugees of the Somali civil war never thought they’d be able to return. Follow one man’s journey and learn how we’re helping Somali refugees in Kenya find their way back home.
Nepal: Cash stimulates recovery in villages shattered by quake
Find out how local shopkeepers are helping us get money to vulnerable families in hard-to-reach communities.
Jordan, Syria: We asked refugees: What did you bring with you?
Many Syrian refugees fled with only seconds to grab what matters to them most. These personal items are now bittersweet symbols of home and hope.
Jordan, Syria: What do refugees need after leaving everything behind?
People who escape the war in Syria leave nearly empty-handed and now have few options to support themselves. See some of the items we provide to help them maintain their new life.
West Bank and Gaza: A year after conflict, families are determined to rebuild
Rebuilding is difficult in any situation, but in Gaza, it’s nearly impossible. Learn how we’re helping families cope and move forward.
Nepal: Subba shows us why cash is key to recovering after disaster
We’re giving earthquake-affected families money to buy the things they need right in their communities. Learn how the spending helps local shop owners like Subba get back in business, and jump-starts recovery for everyone.
Ukraine: Crossing the line to feed people in need
Last week Mercy Corps crossed into the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic to delivery urgently needed food. Learn how we made the journey to help feed families who have no other options.
Nepal: Meet the resilient Nepalis you've helped us reach
Our team delivering emergency relief across Nepal sees the strength and resilience of people first-hand. Meet some of those we’ve reached because of your support.
Nepal: Impact report: 30 days after Nepal earthquake
Your compassionate support helped us reach more than 43,000 people with emergency relief supplies in the 30 days since Nepal's devastating earthquake. Learn more about how we've helped people survive and begin to recover.
Nepal: Where do families go when their village is in ruins?
In a small village outside of Kirtipur, 17 families now live together in a chicken coop after most of the village’s homes were destroyed. Learn how we're helping them cope.