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 ▸
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Iraq, Syria: Syrian families from Kobane find safety in Iraq
After a month of fighting, many families from the besieged Syrian town have journeyed more than 500 miles to Iraq. We're helping newly arrived refugees and preparing displaced families for winter.
South Sudan: The story of Ganyiel: A safe hiding place
The village of Ganyiel is one of few safe places in war-torn South Sudan. Get a glimpse of what life is like for people who’ve sought refuge there.
Liberia: Ebola response: Mobilizing communities to stop the spread
Mercy Corps is launching a massive public education campaign to help contain the Ebola outbreak. How we’ll equip 2 million people to prevent transmission.
India: In the field helping families stranded by Kashmir floods
Stagnant floodwaters still haven't receded and are creating risks for people who can't return home. How we're reaching families like Fatima’s with supplies.
West Bank and Gaza: Families struggle to rebuild
The fighting in Gaza has subsided, but the story is far from over. For families who've lost their homes and livelihoods, recovery is not easy.
South Sudan: Voices from Juba
What do displaced people in Juba have to say about the humanitarian crisis? See photos and hear about their experiences and hopes for a better future.
West Bank and Gaza: Follow the Mercy Corps emergency response in Gaza
Our team in Gaza doesn't know what the next day will bring. They keep working through conflict to help thousands of families every day. Read the latest updates.
India: Responding to devastating floods in Kashmir
Kashmir has been inundated with its worst floods in half a century. We’re distributing medicine and clean water to stranded families.
West Bank and Gaza: What clean water means to families in Gaza
For 10-year-old HIba and her family, clean water from Mercy Corps one thing they can count on during these precarious days in Gaza.
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.