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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Philippines: Mobile banking helps isolated families recover from Haiyan
Our new mobile money program is speeding funds to typhoon-affected families, like the Franciscos, in remote regions of the Philippines.
South Sudan: Photos of distribution in Juba displacement camp
We distributed supplies like blankets, soap and cooking tools to more families in South Sudan who've sought safety from escalating violence at crowded U.N. bases.
Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: The human toll of the Syria crisis must be addressed long term
As civil war enters its fourth year, we're helping refugees and host countries cope with prolonged displacement — and urge international leaders to do the same.
Philippines: A child's safe haven helps families cope
Merlyn and her three children can't go home again. Child Centered Spaces give the young mother peace of mind as they recover from Typhoon Haiyan.
Central African Republic: Emergency response focused on protection and hygiene
Over 500,000 people have fled their homes in the last month, seeking safety from increasingly sectarian violence centered in the capital of Bangui.
South Sudan: Emergency response expands outside Juba
Fighting continues to spread throughout South Sudan, where Mercy Corps is now working to deliver clean water and reach displaced families outside camps.
Philippines: Rebuilding for Baby Yolee
Born just hours before Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, Baby Yolee survived in the safety of her mother's arms. But there is nothing left for the family to call home.
South Sudan: Responding to unraveling crisis as violence threatens thousands
Terrified families have sought refuge in Juba's U.N. compounds, where Mercy Corps is distributing critical supplies.
Jordan, Syria: Winter for Ibrahim: Helping refugee kids stay warm in Zaatari
His mother thought they'd be able to return to Syria by now. How does a family survive winter without the basics of home?
Jordan, Syria: Preparing refugee families for a harsh winter
On a visit to deliver supplies to refugees outside camps, it's clear that blankets and heaters are just the beginning of what warms a home.