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 natural 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.
Our seasoned emergency responders worked through the recent conflict in Gaza and are on the ground in Iraq, South Sudan and the Central African Republic distributing critical supplies and protect 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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Afghanistan: Mercy Corps taking action to aid Afghans October 11, 2001
Several new Mercy Corps activities have been initiated this week as part of the agency' s ongoing commitment to provide life-saving operations and services to people in Afghanistan and neighboring countries.
Afghanistan: Mercy Corps Country Director: Afghanistan situation 'bleak' October 4, 2001
Twenty years of violence, four years of severe drought and the possibility of an impending refugee crisis is making life extraordinarily difficult for the citizens that remain inside of Afghanistan and with winter fast approaching the numbers of those suffering is sure to rise.
Program to Aid Malnourished Eritreans October 2, 2001
Afghanistan: Mercy Corps prepares for flood of refugees leaving Afghanistan September 28, 2001
It's becoming more difficult than ever to provide humanitarian aid to Afghanistan and even to neighboring Pakistan. Local workers with relief groups such as Portland-based Mercy Corps are among those going to remote, safer places or leaving Afghanistan altogether.
Afghanistan: A family struggles to survive in Afghanistan July 18, 2001
Mullah Hatem is 75 years old. Two months ago he was forced to leave his home in Ghor Province and take his family further south in search of food and water. He is sick and cannot afford to feed his family, let alone visit a doctor.
Kosovo: Thousands Flee Fighting in Macedonia June 15, 2001
As thousands of families flee fighting in Macedonia, Mercy Corps and its local partners are providing critical aid to refugees entering neighboring Kosovo.
Afghanistan: Gates Foundation sends relief to Afghanistan June 14, 2001
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is providing $300,000 for Mercy Corps’ Afghan Drought Relief and Rehabilitation project.
Mercy Corps Recieves $10 Million Grant for Reintegration of Ethnic Minorities in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina May 23, 2001
Mercy Corps has won a $10 million grant for an Economic and Community Revitalization Activity to address the crucial and evolving needs of war-affected communities in Croatia and facilitate minority refugee return to Bosnia.
Afghanistan: Crisis in Afghanistan: A report from the front line March 28, 2001
Escalating conflict has rendered an estimated 80,000 people homeless. Many were forced to flee their homes on foot, with only the clothes on their backs.
Tajikistan: Vose Emergency Resettlement Project March 19, 2001