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 the Nepal earthquake, 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 nearly 4 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
Syria, Turkey: Follow board member Gayle Tzemach Lemmon's journey through Turkey
As Mercy Corps board member Gayle Tzemach Lemmon travels through Turkey, she is documenting her reflections. Read what she has to say about the situation and the Mercy Corps programs that are helping refugees cope.
Mercy Corps statement on recent terrorist attacks
The global organization Mercy Corps extends its deepest sympathy to the families of the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris, France and Beirut, Lebanon. We are outraged and saddened by these acts of senseless violence that cost the lives of innocent people and injured scores more.
Ukraine: Restoring hope amid Ukraine war
The ongoing conflict in Ukraine has triggered a massive humanitarian crisis. Mercy Corps is responding by providing cash, small-business development grants and repairing homes damaged by the conflict.
Yemen: Helping displaced families after Cyclone Chapala flooding
After a rare cyclone hit the central coast of Yemen this week, rain pummeled the country and caused severe flooding. We're working to distribute food baskets and hygiene kits to families displaced by the storm.
Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Tajikistan: Deadly earthquake strikes northeastern Afghanistan
A powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit northeastern Afghanistan, with deadly effects both there and in Pakistan. We are ready to assist in relief efforts as needs become apparent.
Responding after Hurricane Patricia in Mexico
Our team of emergency responders is working with local partners on the ground to help communities in Mexico recover from the storm's flooding and damage.
Nepal: See why cash is key to helping Nepalis rebuild
It's been six months since a massive earthquake rocked Nepal, and families are beginning to recover. See photos and learn how cash and solar lamps are helping people get back on their feet.
Syria: Russian entry in Syria disrupts already strained aid efforts
Russian missile strikes in Syria are likely to lead even more Syrians to flee for safety and will make delivery of humanitarian aid to Syrian civilians even more difficult, a Mercy Corps leader warned Congressional leaders during testimony on October 8.
It’s not just Syria: Refugee crisis is 60 million and growing
There are currently nearly 60 million refugees or displaced people worldwide, and they aren't just fleeing the war in Syria. Get the facts about where refugees live around the world, and what we're doing to help them while they're far from home.
International Day of the Girl: What's in the day of a refugee girl?
How does the life of a displaced girl differ from the young people you know? Meet girls from around the world who have been driven from their homes, and learn what a normal day means for them.