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 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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9 humanitarian crises we can't ignore this year
Barely two months into 2015, we are faced with escalating threats in many parts of the world that are putting millions of people at risk. What are the biggest challenges we face in the year ahead — and what must we do to help?
Lebanon, Syria: Refugees brace for more harsh weather
Syrian refugees in Lebanon’s Bekaa valley are living in thin tents, unprepared for freezing temperatures. More snow and rain is expected to hit this week.
Jordan, Syria: The Prince of Wales visits youth and leaders at Zaatari Village
Just outside of Zaatari camp, Zaatari village is home to both Syrian refugees and their Jordanian neighbors. Mercy Corps training is helping leaders work together to build a stronger community.
Jordan, Syria: Winter's grasp deepens worries for refugees
Refugee families in Jordan need help to make it through another brutal winter. One young family’s story of survival.
West Bank and Gaza: Wrecked homes provide little warmth for Gazan families
Devastated by last summer’s conflict, people in Gaza are now suffering through a cold winter storm. We’re helping them stay warm.
Liberia: Photos: Ebola prevention in action
The fight against Ebola isn't over. Our team, along with 15,000 community educators, is bringing lifesaving information to Liberia's most remote areas.
Jordan, Syria: Photos from the field: Winter storm hits refugees
We're bringing in heaters and warm clothing for children in refugee camps that have been inundated by fierce snow and rain over the last week.
Haiti: 5 years after quake: Journey from relief to recovery
Our Country Director reflects on the challenges Haitian communities have overcome since 2010 and what the future holds.
South Sudan: Escape to safety: One staff member's journey
When fighting erupted in Bentiu one year ago, Mercy Corps staff were forced to flee and begin a long journey towards safety. Here, one team member tells his story.
Liberia: Ebola response diaries: Isaac
Ebola response team member Isaac has always had a passion for working with vulnerable youth. Now, he's determined to empower young people in Liberia to protect themselves and stop the Ebola crisis.