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 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.
We're also working to support nearly two million people affected by the crisis in Syria, a long-term humanitarian disaster with no end in site. Learn more about our ongoing response to the Syrian refugee crisis ▸
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Libya: Relativity strikes back April 26, 2011
It was a particularly active night in Misrata. Windy, cloudy and every 15 minutes or so....boom! We were too far from the city center to feel the blasts, but remembering each time that the blast was on or next to someone's house is difficult... Silence. The bombardment stopped.
Japan: Back to school again! April 23, 2011
This week brought an important step in the attempt to return to some sort of normalcy in the tsunami-affected area of Japan. School started again.
Libya: Relief efforts continue in Libya April 22, 2011
Mercy Corps' team in Libya is continuing relief and assessment operations in two conflict-affected Libyan cities: Benghazi and Misrata.
Libya: My first impressions in Libya April 22, 2011
As we handed him our passports, I was a little nervous. I spent the last two years in Iraq and Pakistan and was used to not necessarily being totally welcome as an American.
Libya: Uneasiness on a boat to Misrata, Libya April 18, 2011
My first long boat trip. I normally don't suffer from motion sickness but, on this trip, I was a little nervous. Fifteen hours and much work to be done on the boat — then even more work once we hit the ground.
Libya: Volunteer cook for thousands April 18, 2011
In Sami Shakmak's restaurant, a volunteer cook makes part of a meal for thousands of people affected by Libya's ongoing crisis.
Libya: Hot meals for Libya's poor and displaced April 18, 2011
Libya: Aiding Misrata April 17, 2011
Mercy Corps is assisting humanitarian evacuations of besieged residents of Misrata, a city in western Libya that has seen heavy fighting in recent days.
Libya: On my way to Libya, but breathing easier now April 16, 2011
"...go down in the city, and the sun shines on the bay..." Darkness. What? Huh? Where am I? In a van. On my way to Libya. I fell asleep. What's that sound? Ah, my cell phone. Country code 88? Satellite phone. Fadl! "Hey man, I made it."
Japan: Holding back the tears April 15, 2011
One of the most moving things for me on this job has been the number of people — almost all of them men of a certain age — we’ve spoken to who have seemed continuously on the point of tears, and yet instead of breaking down continued to do the unthanked, essential work they are doing.