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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China: Ya'an earthquake response: Partnering to reach families in need June 12, 2013
Nearly two months later, people are still living in tents, their homes destroyed — but many partners have joined us to help these communities recover and rebuild.
Jordan, Syria: Syrian refugees outside camps struggle to meet needs June 11, 2013
These are a few of the thousands of families we've been able to reach in northern Jordan. There are many more like them who need our help.
China: Hygiene kits help earthquake survivors in remote villages June 7, 2013
“People are so excited they arrive early to help unload the kits and wait anxiously for their names to be called to receive them,” said emergency response team member Liu Xiao.
Syria: Couple trades wedding gifts for donations to help Syrian refugees May 31, 2013
With a Mercy Corps fundraising page, Molly and Bo are using their wedding to bring family and friends together to make a difference for those in need.
Mali: Emergency funds are helping families survive year of shocks May 22, 2013
What can a piece of paper do? How our voucher distributions have made an impact in the midst of prolonged drought and conflict in Mali.
China: Families finding hope after quake May 7, 2013
Our emergency response team has traveled to some of the most remote villages that were destroyed in the 7.0 Ya'an earthquake. See how families are coping and how we're helping them recover.
China: Notes from the epicenter of the Ya'an earthquake April 24, 2013
After gathering firsthand accounts from hard-hit villages, our teams are focused on needs for clean water and support of mothers and children.
China: Assessing emergency needs after deadly earthquake in Sichuan province April 20, 2013
A 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit China's Sichuan province on Saturday, killing at least 200 people and injuring more than 14,000.
Jordan, Syria: Life in Za'atari: An inside look April 19, 2013
Jordan's Za'atari refugee camp is filled with uniform rows of tent upon tent now housing an estimated 140,000 Syrians. What is it like there for families who don't know when they can return home?
Lebanon, Syria: Regaining the hope of childhood April 15, 2013
Ghadan, 9, shares one of her drawings in the Comfort for Kids workbook. The signature Mercy Corps program helps children process their trauma through creative expression and activities.