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
Jordan, Syria: Omran's story: Soccer is a comfort from home
Sports have helped Omran let go of anger and adjust to life at Zaatari refugee camp, where Mercy Corps built fields and will start a league for the kids.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: In the news: One million Syrian refugee children
The UN announced today that one million Syrian children have now been registered as refugees. And of those, some 740,000 are under the age of 11.
Jordan, Syria: Ibrahim’s story: A chance to play is a chance to heal
Eight-year-old Ibrahim saw war rage outside his window in Syria. Now at Zaatari refugee camp, our play spaces and activities are helping him feel safe again.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Q+A: How we're protecting Syrian refugee kids
Our child protection expert in Jordan and Lebanon explains what their life is like and what Mercy Corps is doing to keep them safe.
Jordan, Syria: Rallying local support to help Syrian refugees
One dedicated woman is marshaling volunteers and donations in Jordan to help us meet refugees’ most urgent, everyday needs.
Central African Republic: How we're working through continued insecurity
In a Q & A with Program Coordinator Whitney Elmer, learn how we’re adapting to a new, challenging environment to help families in post-coup CAR.
Nepal: Testing the future of emergency assistance
We’ve been part of the mobile money revolution for some time, and now our latest efforts are being tested in Nepal — one of the poorest countries in the world.
Jordan: Tackling the global water crisis with expert partner Xylem
One in eight people around the world does not have access to clean water. This is how we're exploring new ways to fix that.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Addressing growing needs as refugee crisis reaches ‘historic proportions’
While we work in the countries neighboring Syria, we're also actively engaged in advocacy efforts to ensure international leaders support the needs of Syrian refugees and their hosts.
China: Ya'an earthquake response: Partnering to reach families in need
Nearly two months later, people are still living in tents, their homes destroyed — but many partners have joined us to help these communities recover and rebuild.