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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Indonesia: Pushing back the sea July 11, 2011
In October 2010, a tsunami struck Indonesia's remote Mentawai Islands — killing hundreds, displacing thousands and changing the way of life for affected communities and families.
Indonesia: A video blog from Indonesia's remote Mentawai Islands July 11, 2011
Japan: A hot, hot summer July 8, 2011
When I left Japan a little over a month ago, people warned me about what it would be like when I returned.
Somalia: Will the U.S. stand by as famine looms in Somalia? July 7, 2011
"The drought has gotten so bad that we have seen camels dying of thirst," recounted a Mercy Corps colleague during my recent visit to Somalia.
Somalia: Reports of people moving north to find food as Somalia's drought conditions worsen July 7, 2011
People affected by drought, conflict and limited access to humanitarian aid in Bay, Bakool, Lower and Middle Shabelle, Lower and Middle Juba, and Gedo regions of southern Somalia are fleeing north to find food and a better life.
Japan: The best octopus fisherman in town July 6, 2011
Japan: For survivors like Sumiko, more than a bus ride June 30, 2011
Japan: Moving day in Rikuzentakata June 28, 2011
Rikuzentakata, Japan — When her home in this coastal city was destroyed by the tsunami, Tomoko Kinno, a 60-something retiree, was forced to stay with relatives hours away from here. She had lived with and cared for mother, who now had to stay in a temporary facility for the elderly.
Japan: When your hometown no longer looks like a town June 27, 2011
As we head west toward the coast, and start to see signs of the March tsunami’s devastation, I ask my colleague Sachie Saijo to stop the car so I can check it out.
Indonesia: Water tanks in Mentawai displacement camp, Indonesia June 27, 2011
Bright orange water tanks, provided by Mercy Corps through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, located behind the temporary shelters of a displacement camp in Indonesia's Mentawai Islands.