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 team up with communities to build back stronger.
We have responded to almost every global natural disaster in the last 20 years, including Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Japan tsunami, the Haiti earthquake, 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 Iraq, South Sudan and the Central African Republic distributing critical supplies and protecting families uprooted by ongoing violence.
We're also working to support 2.5 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 ▸
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Somalia: A family torn to pieces August 11, 2011
Disasters take so many things from people; health, prosperity and hope can all fall victim. But no one can know what life has in store for them, and all we can do is carry on — just as women like Nadifo, who has struggled with some of the worst possible circumstances, has had to do.
Somalia: Testifying before the U.S. Senate about the Horn of Africa crisis August 10, 2011
Ethiopia: Helping ensure that Ethiopian herders don't lose everything August 7, 2011
Ethiopia: Dried-up lake in Gashamo district, Ethiopia August 6, 2011
This was a small lake that served the water needs of families and their livestock — now it's mostly dried up.
Ethiopia: 'I have not known it this bad in 30 years' August 6, 2011
Earlier this week in Ethiopia's drought-hit Somali Region, I saw a small boy kneel and drink from what was left of a pond.
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.