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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South Sudan: Renewed fighting threatens humanitarian efforts November 4, 2014
As the rainy season ends, violence is picking up again in South Sudan's ten-month conflict. How our staff worked to continue relief efforts when fighting erupted in Bentiu last week.
Iraq, Syria: Syrian families from Kobane find safety in Iraq October 28, 2014
After a month of fighting, many families from the besieged Syrian town have journeyed more than 500 miles to Iraq. We're helping newly arrived refugees and preparing displaced families for winter.
South Sudan: The story of Ganyiel: A safe hiding place October 22, 2014
The village of Ganyiel is one of few safe places in war-torn South Sudan. Get a glimpse of what life is like for people who’ve sought refuge there.
Liberia: Ebola response: Mobilizing communities to stop the spread October 16, 2014
Mercy Corps is launching a massive public education campaign to help contain the Ebola outbreak. How we’ll equip 2 million people to prevent transmission.
India: In the field helping families stranded by Kashmir floods October 14, 2014
Stagnant floodwaters still haven't receded and are creating risks for people who can't return home. How we're reaching families like Fatima’s with supplies.
West Bank and Gaza: Families struggle to rebuild September 25, 2014
The fighting in Gaza has subsided, but the story is far from over. For families who've lost their homes and livelihoods, recovery is not easy.
South Sudan: Voices from Juba September 23, 2014
What do displaced people in Juba have to say about the humanitarian crisis? See photos and hear about their experiences and hopes for a better future.
West Bank and Gaza: Follow the Mercy Corps emergency response in Gaza September 18, 2014
Our team in Gaza doesn't know what the next day will bring. They keep working through conflict to help thousands of families every day. Read the latest updates.
India: Responding to devastating floods in Kashmir September 12, 2014
Kashmir has been inundated with its worst floods in half a century. We’re distributing medicine and clean water to stranded families.
South Sudan: Quick facts: What you need to know about the South Sudan crisis September 12, 2014
The man-made humanitarian crisis is threatening to turn into famine in South Sudan. How did this happen? Get the facts and learn why this young nation needs our help.