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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Haiti: Mobile banking customer in Saint-Marc, Haiti August 5, 2011
One of the storeowners in Saint-Marc, Haiti, supported by Mercy Corps' Mobile Money program.
Ethiopia: Feeding hungry children in remote Ethiopia August 4, 2011
Hibo — a tiny, chubby-cheeked three year old — seemed to take great delight in looking everywhere except my camera as I tried to take her photo. From her mother's hip she giggled, turned away and pulled faces by turns, to the amusement of all around.
Haiti: Mobile wallets help Haitians rebuild August 3, 2011
Families needed food. Small vendors and local economies needed cash. And it turns out the solution to this Catch-22 was right in the hands — or the pockets — of most Haitians.
Kenya: Providing clean water to 16 drought-affected Kenyan villages August 3, 2011
Ethiopia: Dan O'Neill with hungry child in Ethiopia August 2, 2011
Mercy Corps Founder Dan O'Neill with a famine-affected child in Ethiopia, 1985.
Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan: Horror in the Horn of Africa: reflections and projections August 2, 2011
I first encountered extreme poverty and hunger in 1972 when I drove through Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia on a church mission trip. It struck me in the heart and I felt helpless.
Kenya: Solitary herder outside Hadado, Kenya August 2, 2011
A traditional herder stands on the withered landscape outside the drought-stricken town of Hadado, Kenya.
Kenya: Checking in on our team in northeastern Kenya August 2, 2011
Ethiopia: Stitching land back together in drought-hit Ethiopia August 1, 2011
The land in Lacole, part of the Oromo Region in southeast Ethiopia, looks like it’s literally been torn apart.
Ethiopia: Planning ahead saves lives in Ethiopia July 31, 2011
Though it’s only been in the headlines in the United Kingdom and United States for the past few weeks, Mercy Corps’ team in Ethiopia saw the crisis that’s gripping East Africa coming months ago.