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 the Nepal earthquake, 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 nearly 4 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 ▸
All stories about Emergency response
South Sudan: A family in hiding
Most families who've fled the conflict in South Sudan aren't in the safety of camps — they're hiding in remote villages where little help can reach them. Elizabeth and her children are one of them.
West Bank and Gaza: Q+A: Supporting children through conflict
While our emergency response in Gaza continues through fighting, our team is also working to help traumatized children cope with their experiences.
Central African Republic: Not to be forgotten: Helping people survive CAR crisis
The crisis in CAR is one of four U.N. "Level 3" emergencies, and nearly half the country's population is struggling to survive. We're working hard to help.
Iraq: Families on the run in Iraq: How our team is helping
Intense fighting this week fueled a new wave of displacement. As part of our ongoing response, the team acted quickly to rush food and supplies to Yazidi families and others fleeing the violence.
South Sudan: Q+A: How to survive in Bentiu
People in Bentiu camp are in desperate need of shelter, food, water and everyday supplies. What's it like to survive there? One of our emergency responders, Osee Mbusa, describes the situation and his experience.
South Sudan: What does flooding mean for displacement camps?
Heavy rainfall and flooding has inundated the U.N. compound in Bentiu, making conditions even more difficult. Our team is working to provide vital sanitation facilities and prevent the spread of disease.
China: Reaching families after deadly quake strikes Yunnan province
Mercy Corps is working to rush essential supplies to families in need after a 6.5 earthquake displaced more than 200,000 in rural China.
West Bank and Gaza: Delivery of emergency food and supplies continues amidst chaos
As the conflict in Gaza continues to worsen, Mercy Corps team members are working in dangerous conditions to deliver much-needed emergency assistance on the ground.
West Bank and Gaza: Distributing assistance to thousands in the Gaza Strip
Our team in Gaza is working through the conflict to distribute emergency food and supplies to families seeking safety.
Iraq: Emergency supplies help displaced families
This past week, our team in Iraq distributed 4,000 hygiene kits to vulnerable displaced families. Read their stories.