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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Jordan, Syria: A well of hope at Zaatari refugee camp
“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
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
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
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
The Zaatari refugee camp is practically unrecognizable from the giant dustbowl it was when it opened this past July.
Ethiopia: Emergency food for Nasteho
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
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
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.
DR Congo: Supplying water to the newly displaced
Mercy Corps is supplying emergency water services and sanitation supplies to meet the needs of newly displaced families in the beleaguered city of Goma — and to stem the outbreak of waterborne disease.
West Bank and Gaza: Working through war
The power of love in all the people I know — people I work with in Mercy Corps and people I care for — overcame the fear that filled everyone’s heart in Gaza.