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: First photos from Super Typhoon Haiyan November 10, 2013
These images are the first glimpse of what survivors are facing. The full impact of the storm's devastation is still unclear, but here is what we know so far.
Philippines: Launching emergency response to reach survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan November 10, 2013
Mercy Corps is deploying teams to the Philippines to help meet immediate needs for water, sanitation, shelter and food in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
Philippines: Monitoring needs after historic Typhoon Haiyan November 8, 2013
Our staff in Manila and in the region stand prepared to respond as more information emerges from the Philippines and needs become clearer.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Raising awareness to prevent polio among Syrian refugee children November 7, 2013
A polio outbreak in Syria raises concerns about disease in crowded refugee conditions. We're supporting UNCEF's vaccination campaign and addressing sanitation needs.
Philippines: Super Typhoon Haiyan approaches the Philippines November 7, 2013
Mercy Corps teams are prepared to respond as one of the most powerful storms in recent history approaches the vulnerable island nation.
India: Shelter for families displaced by Cyclone Phailin November 4, 2013
Evacuations saved lives, but the massive storm left hundreds of thousands without homes and electricity as winter approaches.
Central African Republic: Increased violence and displacement put millions at risk, raise international concerns November 1, 2013
A recent meeting of UN and NGO emergency directors highlighted the country's profound humanitarian crisis that cannot be ignored.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: In the News: NPR's All Things Considered visits Syrian refugees with Mercy Corps' child protection expert October 22, 2013
Alexandra Chen spoke with NPR about the importance of treating symptoms of trauma in children displaced by the conflict.
Ethiopia: From hungry to healthy: Saving children in the Horn of Africa October 15, 2013
In the two years since famine ravaged East Africa, our mobile health teams have helped feed more than 70,000 malnourished mothers and children.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Syrian humanitarian crisis demands new perspective on emergency response October 10, 2013
Mercy Corps CEO Neal Keny-Guyer outlines key steps we should take to help Syrians caught in the civil war.