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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Haiti: Christmas trees, glitter and giggles December 3, 2011
In a small classroom on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, 16 children are hard at work on today's art therapy project: create and decorate paper Christmas trees!
Kenya: Protecting the children of Bililburbur December 2, 2011
Bililburbur is a new community in Wajir, created over the past year as families who lost their herds of animals in the historic drought were forced to settle and search for other ways to survive.
Ethiopia, Kenya: Responding to historic drought November 8, 2011
Here's a video report from my trip last month to the drought-stricken Horn of Africa. It focuses on Ethiopia, where Mercy Corps is providing medical care to malnourished children, restoring them to health using medicines, vitamins and food formulated especially for underfed infants.
Kenya: We still need you to stretch out your hands October 27, 2011
Yesterday I wrote to our supporters about my recent trip to Kenya and Ethiopia, where people are suffering the terrible effects of the worst drought in 60 years.
Indonesia: Uneasiness after sectarian violence in Ambon October 22, 2011
It has been over a month since conflict erupted again in Ambon, bringing back memories of the religious conflict which for many was a terrible but distant memory.
Libya: Joy, closure and reflection in Misrata October 20, 2011
Nobody expected that it would be like this. However, as the news and rumors started trickling in about the capture of Qaddafi in the early afternoon, the whole town of Misurata exploded into a joyous mood.
Ethiopia: A mother's appeal October 17, 2011
We’re outside the Mercy Corps office in Gashamo, Ethiopia – a bone-crunching nine hour drive from Jijiga, the regional capital. It’s early in the morning, and the noisy generator is cranking out its last few minutes of power before we shut it down for the day.
Ethiopia: Despite rains, drought is far from over October 14, 2011
On the road halfway between Gashamo and Jijiga, we spent the night with a local family. As we sat and talked on the front stoop, the evening was pleasant, the full moon bright. Then in a matter of an hour or so, I watched the clouds roll in and the stars wink out.
Ethiopia: 'You gave my baby a second life' October 12, 2011
When Istohil Sheik Ahmed Abdi brought her 9-month-old son Sahane to the Mercy Corps mobile clinic in her area, she hoped to learn why he was so weak. The baby cried constantly, was vomiting and refused to nurse. He had a high fever.
Ethiopia: When no tears come October 12, 2011
There was already a crowd at the mobile health site when we arrived. The veranda was a colorful swirl of fabric. Most of the women had a bulge at their side, belly or back that turned out, when unwrapped, to be a baby.