Life can change for millions of families in an instant: natural disasters can 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.
We have responded to almost every global disaster in the last 20 years, including the Japan tsunami, Haiti earthquake, hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa and Indian Ocean tsunami.
Right now, our seasoned emergency responders are on the ground in the Philippines working to rush critical supplies to survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan. The most pressing needs are clean water, sanitation, temporary shelter and food.
We're also working to support nearly two million people affected by the crisis in Syria. This is a long-term humanitarian disaster with no end in site; we are committed to helping Syrian refugees and their host communities in Jordan and Lebanon, providing clean water, household supplies, improved shelter and support for children to heal from trauma.
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Japan: Snow days in Japan February 6, 2012
As luck would have it, I happen to be visiting the northeastern region of Japan during a record cold spell. In the seven days since I arrived, it has not been above freezing yet. In fact, the temperature hovers around a cool 20 degrees (F).
DR Congo: Fighting the cholera epidemic in emergency camps February 6, 2012
Cholera is raging across the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the last year, more than 22,000 people have been infected – 1,600 of those in the last four weeks alone.
Niger: The growing food crisis in Niger February 1, 2012
There’s a crisis brewing in Niger, West Africa.
Japan: First impressions nearly one year after the tsunami January 31, 2012
Today I arrived at a small fishing town in northeastern Japan called Minamisanriku, which was partially swept away by the March 2011 tsunami.
Somalia: Children and mothers in Mogadishu January 26, 2012
Children and mothers in Mogadishu, Somalia. Thousands of families are still living in emergency camps in Somalia's capital, driven from their homes by drought, hunger and conflict.
Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia: Horn of Africa crisis update January 26, 2012
Mercy Corps teams in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia have already helped more than 1.5 million people caught in the grip of drought and hunger. But six months after this emergency first hit international headlines, there’s still much more to do.
Japan: Going back to my tsunami-hit homeland January 23, 2012
When the earthquake and tsunami hit my homeland last March, I was devastated. Though it had been twenty years since I left Japan to move to the US, I knew I had to go back and help.
Haiti: Two years later: What we've accomplished January 20, 2012
We've reached more than 1.1 million people in Haiti since the earthquake on January 12, 2010. The people of Haiti never gave up and neither did we.
Haiti: From relief to recovery: Images from two years in Haiti January 11, 2012
Yemen: Assessing needs in Yemen December 28, 2011
Veteran aid workers Richard Jaquot and Mugur Dumitrache recently visited Yemen to assess the prospects for helping supply water, provide work opportunities, and support the psychosocial needs of communities impacted by the country's mulitple crises.