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: 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.
Philippines: Launching emergency response to reach survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan
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
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
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
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
Evacuations saved lives, but the massive storm left hundreds of thousands without homes and electricity as winter approaches.