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 teams up with them 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, the 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 Ukraine, 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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Japan: Reflections on two years supporting tsunami-hit communities
The 200 local small businesses we’ve reached are collectively the region’s largest employer. They also lie at the center of community life, and are a critical part of the recovery for everyone here.
Japan: Update: Two years since the tsunami
Much has changed in Japan in the past two years, yet much has painfully stayed the same in the tsunami zone. Mercy Corps assisted in the emergent aftermath of the disaster, and has continued to provide support for local small merchants, helping to revive the badly struggling local economies.
Jordan, Syria: Syria refugee crisis becoming ‘unsustainable’
A visit to the Syrian refugee registration center in Jordan, which is receiving thousands of families who cross the border each day, highlights the urgent needs in this water-strapped country.
Central African Republic: Conflict continues to destabilize forgotten corner of Africa
After a short period of fragile peace, this week armed opposition groups in the Central African Republic are threatening to take up an offensive once again.
Kosovo: New homes after more than a decade of displacement
We built new houses and apartments so families could finally move out of lead-contaminated camps where they had been living since the Kosovo War in 1999.
DR Congo: Lives spent on the run
Many children like this little girl in the Democratic Republic of Congo have never known a permanent home.
Jordan, Syria: A new home full of warmth and laughter
Meet one family who finally has protection from freezing temperatures thanks to Mercy Corps' winterization project in northern Jordan.
Lebanon, Syria: Warm coats are a simple source of hope
Jacket distributions in Lebanon are bringing smiles back to the faces of refugee children.
Mali: Fighting cuts off food and humanitarian assistance
Mercy Corps team members in the Gao region report that food supplies are dwindling since the military offensive against rebel extremists began in January.
Lebanon, Syria: New coats for Syrian refugee kids
Our team distributed more than 1,600 jackets to help Syrian refugee children stay warm through the increasingly cold and wet winter in Lebanon.