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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Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia: Horn of Africa disaster didn't happen overnight August 23, 2011
Photos and stories from the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa — a region that includes Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia — have brought to light suffering on an almost unimaginable scale.
Libya: Humanitarian response continues as rebels enter Tripoli August 22, 2011
As events in Libya's capital continue to unfold, Mercy Corps is monitoring the situation closely in anticipation of meeting urgent humanitarian needs after the conflict ceases. And we continue to aid Libyans in several other conflict-affected areas.
Kenya: Clean water for nearly 200,000 people in drought-parched Kenya August 22, 2011
Over the last week, our emergency response team in northeastern Kenya has reached more than 9,700 more people with clean water. The total population to which we're delivering and ensuring water has risen to 197,749.
Somalia: Benti and her family in a Mogadishu displacement camp August 19, 2011
Benti and her family walked for more than 30 days to reach the displacement camp in Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, where they now live in this makeshift shelter alongside thousands of others.
Somalia: Walking for weeks to reach Mogadishu's sprawling camps August 19, 2011
Somalia: In Mogadishu's overcrowded hospitals August 17, 2011
Somalia: An unimaginable situation August 15, 2011
Yesterday my colleague Cassandra Nelson, on the ground in Somalia, sent in several photographs of what she was seeing in Mogadishu, the country's crisis-ravaged capital to which our emergency response team has deployed.
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.