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 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.
We're also working to support nearly two million people affected by the crisis in Syria, a long-term humanitarian disaster with no end in sight. Learn more about our ongoing response to the Syrian refugee crisis ▸
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Niger: Families seek food assistance February 21, 2012
Due to worsening food shortages, the nutritional screening centers that Mercy Corps established several years ago have experienced a massive increase in patients.
Niger: Mother and child in Niger February 21, 2012
One of many mothers worried about the lack of food for their children after severe drought and a meager 2011 harvest have brought the lean season to Filingue and the rest of Niger months early.
Niger: Malnutrition screenings in Filingue February 20, 2012
Mothers — and often grandmothers caring for babies left orphaned — come to the nutritional screening center in Filingue, where Mercy Corps volunteers assess each child for malnourishment using arm measurements and a formula that takes into account age and weight.
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
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.