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.
We have responded to almost every global natural disaster in the last 20 years, including the Japan tsunami, Haiti earthquake, hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa, Indian Ocean tsunami, and most recently, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Our seasoned emergency responders worked through the recent 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 ▸
All stories about Emergency response
DR Congo: Chaos in Congo: After the rebel invasion January 10, 2013
When rebels invaded Goma, eastern Congo's largest city, our teams rushed to help tens of thousands who were forced to flee as the battle approached their homes.
Lebanon, Syria: Syrian refugees in Lebanon facing bitter winter January 9, 2013
A dramatic spike in refugees, who have fled Syria with what little they can carry in plastic bags, has increased the need for warm clothing, blankets and heaters.
Jordan, Syria: A well of hope at Zaatari refugee camp January 4, 2013
“Everybody here is looking forward to having easier access to clean water,” Elena Buryan, head of Mercy Corps’ emergency response team in Jordan, told me as we walked through Zaatari followed by children.
DR Congo: Congo needs a long-term solution January 3, 2013
For years, families have lived under the threat of violence, frequently forced to flee their homes for safety. Lately, things have worsened, with renewed fighting between rebels and government troops sparking a new wave of displacement.
Jordan, Syria: When the basics matter most December 21, 2012
Two weeks ago today, I was drinking Turkish coffee on the floor of a cold, crumbling one-room dwelling in the town of Mafraq, on the Jordanian side of the Syria-Jordan border.
DR Congo: New wave of displacement strains water supply December 19, 2012
Mercy Corps is ramping up efforts to get more water to families who continue fleeing the volatile situation in Goma.
Jordan, Syria: Improving life in refugee camp December 7, 2012
The Zaatari refugee camp is practically unrecognizable from the giant dustbowl it was when it opened this past July.
Ethiopia: Emergency food for Nasteho December 6, 2012
What does a mother in remote Ethiopia do to help her malnourished infant? Fadumo found help at a visit from Mercy Corps' mobile health unit.
DR Congo: Distributing food to overwhelmed camps December 3, 2012
Mercy Corps has distributed food to more than 11,000 families who were displaced after Goma was captured by M23 rebels two weeks ago.
Guatemala: Rapid response gets food to families after earthquake November 28, 2012
Mercy Corps works in some of the poorest communities in western Guatemala — which were at the epicenter of the 7.4 earthquake that struck the country on November 7, 2012.