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 sight. Learn more about our ongoing response to the Syrian refugee crisis ▸
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Jordan, Syria: Zeinab's story: A child's refuge from war April 10, 2013
Zeinab is a bright, wide-eyed girl I met at Dream Land, a Mercy Corps playground inside Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp. “I am happy here,” she said. “It’s better here because there is no war.”
Central African Republic: Staff returns to restart programs after rebel coup April 8, 2013
Ready to get back to work and help families in the wake of political chaos, our staff shares what it's like on the ground in the troubled Central African Republic.
Jordan, Syria: A city rising from the desert April 8, 2013
Less than a year after opening, Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp is now housing more than 140,000 Syrian refugees, the equivalent of the country's fourth largest city.
Jordan, Syria: Desperately seeking water April 4, 2013
The arrival of water trucks in Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp are a welcome sight for families who survive on limited rations. But the deliveries are simply not enough.
Jordan, Syria: Moving forward from loss April 1, 2013
Each day, we meet Syrian families like the Al Husseins who have lived through tragedy that no one should have to, and they persevere.
Jordan, Syria: Struggle in a temporary home March 28, 2013
Najwah and her husband Abad feel lucky to have found a temporary home in Mafraq, Jordan since they fled Syria with their children nine months ago.
Jordan, Syria: Jordan's hospitality for hundreds of thousands of Syrians March 27, 2013
Recently I visited Mafraq, a border town that used to have a population of 60,000 people. Over the past 18 months, some 25,000 refugees have sought safety here.
Jordan, Syria: What will the future hold for Syria's young people? March 13, 2013
After seeing her son imprisoned and tortured while trying to escape Syria, one mother wonders what's next for her family now that they are reunited in the Zaatari refugee camp.
Japan: Reflections on two years supporting tsunami-hit communities March 7, 2013
The 200 local small businesses we’ve reached are collectively the region’s largest employer. They also lie at the center of community life, and are a critical part of the recovery for everyone here.
Japan: Update: Two years since the tsunami March 7, 2013
Much has changed in Japan in the past two years, yet much has painfully stayed the same in the tsunami zone. Mercy Corps assisted in the emergent aftermath of the disaster, and has continued to provide support for local small merchants, helping to revive the badly struggling local economies.