Life can change for millions of families in an instant: natural disasters can 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 and Indian Ocean tsunami.
Right now, our seasoned emergency responders are on the ground in the Philippines working to rush critical supplies to survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan. The most pressing needs are clean water, sanitation, temporary shelter and food.
We're also working to support nearly two million people affected by the crisis in Syria. This is a long-term humanitarian disaster with no end in site; we are committed to helping Syrian refugees and their host communities in Jordan and Lebanon, providing clean water, household supplies, improved shelter and support for children to heal from trauma.
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Haiti: Video: Art Therapy in Haiti April 7, 2011
Libya: Baby showers for displaced Libyan families April 7, 2011
Despite all the fighting and uncertainty in Libya, some things in Libya are continuing as scheduled. The schools may be closed and the banks all shut, but babies are still being born to very proud and anxious parents.
Japan: Starting Comfort for Kids in Japan April 6, 2011
Japan: The sea gives and then takes away April 6, 2011
The ferry stop, which was once a two-story building — doubtless with restaurants and gift shops — had been reduced to a hollow shell, draped with plastic and refuse and a station wagon.
Japan: Starting to build after Japan's tsunami April 2, 2011
It's hard to describe the desolation left by a tsunami, because there is so little left that is nameable.
Japan: Final impressions of Japan April 1, 2011
As I prepare to leave Japan, there are so many impressions of this disaster and the Japanese people that stick in my mind. I’d like to share a few.
Japan: Q&A with Peace Winds' Natsu Nogami March 30, 2011
Japan: “We have bread and rice” March 28, 2011
Northern Japan is struggling to get back to business. Riding through Kesennuma town in Miyagi Prefecture, we saw checkered activity: some stores destroyed, others being gutted and cleaned, still others with doors wide open and — in some very lucky cases — their lights on.
Japan: Three-year-old Rin Suzuki, displaced tsunami survivor March 26, 2011
Rin Suzuki, age 3, has been living in the Kesennuma gymnasium with her parents for two weeks.
Japan: Helping the Japan tsunami’s littlest survivors March 26, 2011
The youngest survivors of disasters are often the most resilient, but also the most fragile. While earthquakes and tsunamis rob children of the same things that most adults hold dear — homes, families, friends — kids lack adult coping mechanisms. The emotional toll can be devastating.