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 site. Learn more about our ongoing response to the Syrian refugee crisis ▸
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Kenya: Collecting water in West Wajir September 9, 2011
In towns that are lucky enough to have boreholes, Mercy Corps is providing fuel subsidies so that pastoral families can water their herds and protect what livestock they have left.
Colombia: New hope for flooded-out families September 8, 2011
Somalia: Update from Mogadishu September 8, 2011
I just returned from Mogadishu, where we're trucking clean water to three tent camps in Mogadishu, reaching more than 13,000 people every day.
Libya: Metamorphosis of a parking lot September 7, 2011
During the holy month of Ramadan, kids here had an opportunity to leave their homes after months of instability and enjoy the evenings with friends and family.
Libya: Helping children heal September 5, 2011
I recently caught up with Dr. Omar Reda, a Libyan-American psychiatrist who’s helping Mercy Corps set up psychosocial programs for children affected by the conflict there.
Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya: Water delivery starts in Mogadishu September 2, 2011
Although the crisis in Africa's Horn has fallen off the front pages, the situation "continues to deteriorate," according to the latest UN report. Cholera, measles and malaria are on the rise. Food prices have shot up, livestock are withering, and water is scarce.
Somalia: Mogadishu: Conditions in camps August 30, 2011
There are over half a million people living in displacement camps in Mogadishu as a result of the famine and years of civil war. Most do not have access to clean water and basic sanitation services.
Japan: Smiling girl displaced by Japanese tsunami August 29, 2011
This was outside an emergency shelter only a few weeks after the tsunami. Just down the hill lay incomprehensible devastation. But this girl showed a smile (a rarity during my visit) as she blew bubbles into the air, anxious for life to return to normal.
Kenya: No more trekking and a chance to go to school August 29, 2011
Libya: Response team assessing needs in Tripoli August 27, 2011
We now have a five-person response team in Tripoli, visiting hospitals, assessing general humanitarian needs and meeting with other emergency relief groups such as the Libyan Red Crescent.