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 natural 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.
Our seasoned emergency responders worked through the recent conflict in Gaza and are on the ground in Iraq, South Sudan and the Central African Republic distributing critical supplies and protect 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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Philippines: Casimira's story: Building a stronger future after Haiyan May 7, 2014
How we're helping families like the Asidtos get the tools they need to rebuild their lives now and for years to come.
Philippines: 6 months after Haiyan: Banking on recovery May 6, 2014
See what recovery looks like since the historic typhoon devastated 16 million people in the Philippines last November.
Philippines: Smart design speeds recovery for Haiyan survivors May 6, 2014
Our partnership with IDEO.org and BanKO will create new financial products for families in the Philippines who have never had access to a bank.
South Sudan: 9 signs of humanitarian catastrophe we can't ignore April 24, 2014
Brutal violence and increasing displacement have created massive needs. Our Country Director reports on why this crisis needs action now.
South Sudan: Photos: Families fleeing violence now face food shortages April 23, 2014
Those seeking refuge from fighting in Bentiu have resorted to eating roots and water lilies to survive. Photographer Jacob Zocherman documented conditions last week.
China: Progress report: Rebuilding communities one year after quake April 18, 2014
One year after an earthquake devastated rural China, we're looking back on the recovery effort and looking ahead toward long-term rebuilding.
Central African Republic: Rainy season heightens risk of disease April 9, 2014
New photos from the Central African Republic, where we're addressing urgent water and sanitation needs for displaced families facing squalid living conditions.
Lebanon, Syria: In the news: The cost of war on Syrian refugee children March 19, 2014
On public radio's "On Point," Mercy Corps joins diplomatic officials and other regional experts to discuss the impact of the Syria crisis on the youngest victims.
Jordan, Syria: Getting Syria's most vulnerable children to school March 15, 2014
Children with disabilities can easily fall through the cracks during the upheaval of war. We're making sure kids like Hayam have their needs met to continue their education as refugees.
Jordan, Syria: Life as a refugee: Spend the day with Nour March 14, 2014
From dawn to dusk, every hour with Nour, 13, and her family in Zaatari refugee camp shows the hardships millions of Syrians endure every day, three years since the war began — and the occasional joys they hang on to far from home.