Life can change for millions of families in an instant: natural disasters can 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 and Indian Ocean tsunami.
Right now, our seasoned emergency responders are on the ground in the Philippines working to rush critical supplies to survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan. The most pressing needs are clean water, sanitation, temporary shelter and food.
We're also working to support nearly two million people affected by the crisis in Syria. This is a long-term humanitarian disaster with no end in site; we are committed to helping Syrian refugees and their host communities in Jordan and Lebanon, providing clean water, household supplies, improved shelter and support for children to heal from trauma.
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Kenya: Saadia Farah and her daughter Amina in Wajir County, Kenya August 14, 2011
Eighteen-year-old Saadia Farah and her one-year-old daughter Amina, who are surviving the Horn of Africa's brutal famine with help from Mercy Corps.
Kenya: When the only asset you have left is hope August 14, 2011
At only 18, Saadia Farah is one of the many thousands of mothers that Mercy Corps is helping survive the drought crisis in East Africa.
Kenya: Update: Water deliveries rise from 16 to 33 towns August 12, 2011
Mercy Corps' emergency response team in northeastern Kenya is providing fresh, clean water to more than 186,000 people in 33 drought-stricken villages and towns.
Kenya: Once upon a time in northeastern Kenya August 12, 2011
Once upon a time in northeastern Kenya, there was a huge stretch of land called Wajir. In the language of the people who lived there, that name itself meant ‘Once upon a time...’ Once upon a time, the land in Wajir was green, the rains came often and life was good.
Kenya: Stranded and struggling eight miles from water August 11, 2011
These are the children of Qaraa. Covered in dust, thin and dazed, they are on the brink.
Somalia: A family torn to pieces August 11, 2011
Disasters take so many things from people; health, prosperity and hope can all fall victim. But no one can know what life has in store for them, and all we can do is carry on — just as women like Nadifo, who has struggled with some of the worst possible circumstances, has had to do.
Somalia: Testifying before the U.S. Senate about the Horn of Africa crisis August 10, 2011
Ethiopia: Helping ensure that Ethiopian herders don't lose everything August 7, 2011
Ethiopia: Dried-up lake in Gashamo district, Ethiopia August 6, 2011
This was a small lake that served the water needs of families and their livestock — now it's mostly dried up.
Ethiopia: 'I have not known it this bad in 30 years' August 6, 2011
Earlier this week in Ethiopia's drought-hit Somali Region, I saw a small boy kneel and drink from what was left of a pond.