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: Locally-sourced relief supplies help families start recovery
Our logistics staff is working with Filipino suppliers to rush relief to survivors more quickly — and help the local economy bounce back.
Iraq, Syria: Expanding support for Syrian refugees in Iraq
The number of Syrians fleeing to Iraq tripled in the last year. We've mobilized to help refugees prepare for winter and find work to support their families.
Philippines: Delivering food and water to remote islands
Mercy Corps' emergency response team is focused on reaching Typhoon Haiyan survivors on isolated islands that have yet to receive critical assistance.
Philippines: Displaced families seeking help in cities
Millions were displaced by Typhoon Haiyan. Mercy Corps' Emergency Team Leader shares what it's like for families in evacuation centers far from where their homes once stood.
Philippines: “Now, everything is gone”
Twenty-year-old Michelle Elemento and her family are a few of the thousands with stories of tragic loss and worries about how to face the future after Typhoon Haiyan.
Philippines: Emergency team leader discusses what's needed most
Earlier this week, Mark Ferdig shared how the response team — now on the ground in Cebu — prepares to help survivors quickly.
Somalia: Rapid response team assessing needs after deadly cyclone
Days of torrential rains caused unprecedented flooding in both coastal and pastoral areas, wiping out homes and livestock on which families depend.
Philippines: Quick facts: What you need to know about Super Typhoon Haiyan
It's one of the worst disasters in recent history. See the map of Haiyan's impact in the Philippines — and the response to help survivors.
Philippines: Meet our Typhoon Haiyan emergency response team
Experts in water, sanitation, logistics and distributions are working to ensure lifesaving supplies get to survivors in the Philippines in these critical early days.
Philippines: First photos from Super Typhoon Haiyan
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.