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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Japan: The tree and the photograph May 16, 2011
Once not long ago, in the city of Rikuzentakata, there were 70,000 Matsu trees. These trees were planted more than 300 years ago along the city's ocean coast to keep salt water and spray from inundating precious rice paddies.
Japan: Keeping a space safe May 15, 2011
I was really excited about today's possibilities for stories here in Japan; we were going to see Comfort for Kids activities in the city of Kesennuma. But, as soon as we arrived at our destination, everything changed.
Japan: Roger Burks and Mao Sato amid ruins of Rikuzentakata May 14, 2011
Mercy Corps' Roger Burks (left) and Peace Winds' Mao Sato stand where some of the city of Rikuzentakata used to be.
Japan: Forty families, forty minutes May 14, 2011
Japan: Darkness and daylight May 13, 2011
My plane landed at Tokyo's Narita Airport at five o'clock in the afternoon. The sun set around 6:30, as we were driving into the city — and it just kept getting darker.
Japan: Returning to Touhoku May 13, 2011
Japan: More than a glimpse of Japan May 11, 2011
Today — two months to the day after Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami — I'm on the way to check on the progress of our emergency relief efforts. I'm writing this from an airplane; I'll land in Tokyo about 18 hours from now.
Japan: Fun with "tacos" in Japan May 6, 2011
Libya: Humanitarian aid amidst the shelling of Misrata May 5, 2011
As the city of Misrata is indiscriminately shelled and bombed, putting innocent civilians' lives at risk, Mercy Corps emergency response team member Fadl Moukadem is helping coordinate relief efforts in the city, including getting people evacuated from the war zone by boat.
Haiti: Finding peace and serenity in Haiti May 4, 2011
After warming up outside with a name game, the children return to the classroom for their next activity. The mentor asks them to close their eyes and focus on their breathing. They have just had an outdoor activity and it’s time to slow down — it’s time for meditation.