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 ▸
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Lebanon, Syria: Dalia's story: ‘Being alive is enough’
Since her family fled Syria for Lebanon three years ago, Dalia, 19, says her future has been on hold. But she still dreams of becoming a flight engineer.
Syria: Unlocking a future for Syria's youth
After five years of war, Syria’s youth are a generation trapped, growing restless and frustrated by unending conflict. Despite the circumstances, we have an incredible opportunity to unlock their potential.
Syria: Our statement: Humanitarian access for all Syrians now
Hostilities continue to hamper our ability to deliver food and other aid to thousands in need in Syria. Mercy Corps calls for unfettered, sustained humanitarian access for all Syrian civilians. Now.
Syria: Our statement on Syria cease-fire: Why wait one week?
We see tens of thousands of men, women and children desperately looking for a safe place, without finding one. We must ask: Why wait one more week before the fighting stops?
Syria, Turkey: In the news: Tens of thousands flee fighting in Aleppo city
As more and more Syrians flee Aleppo and gather at the Turkish border, we are providing food baskets and emergency supplies to help them cope.
Afghanistan: Refugee family, fleeing grim future, makes impossible journey
Ali, Farashta and their two children are fleeing Afghanistan for a better life in Europe. They are four of the over 51,000 Afghan, Syrian, and Iraqi refugees who took the perilous journey over the Mediterranean Sea in the month of January 2016.
Syria: Airstrikes cut off humanitarian access to Aleppo City, Syria
Since Wednesday February 3, Mercy Corps' operations in northern Syria have effectively been sliced in half. “We are cut off from Aleppo City,” says David Evans, Mercy Corps’ regional program director for the Middle East.
South Sudan: Water, sanitation needs soar as South Sudan conflict persists
Ongoing violence in South Sudan continues to force people from their homes and into the relative safety of the U.N. displacement site in Bentiu. We're working to meet the critical sanitation and hygiene needs of the site's growing population.
Syria: Airstrikes along Turkish border jeopardize aid to Syrians
The increase in airstrikes against towns located between Aleppo City and the Syria-Turkey border threatens critical supply routes for humanitarian aid. Mercy Corps is continuing efforts to deliver aid to Syrian citizens amid increasing danger.
Syria, Turkey: Follow board member Gayle Tzemach Lemmon's journey through Turkey
As Mercy Corps board member Gayle Tzemach Lemmon travels through Turkey, she is documenting her reflections. Read what she has to say about the situation and the Mercy Corps programs that are helping refugees cope.