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 team up with communities to build back stronger.
We have responded to almost every global natural disaster in the last 20 years, including Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Japan tsunami, the Haiti earthquake, 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 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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Tajikistan: A bridge collapse severs villages from the outside world
On July 18, a 50-year-old suspension bridge over the Khingob River in Tajikistan collapsed when a truck carrying food and other supplies was crossing. The driver and three passengers were able to escape the truck with only minor injuries, but the bridge was destroyed.
Kenya: Quick thoughts from our emergency team leader in Kenya
Our emergency response teams across the Horn of Africa — in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya — are working hard, long hours every day to assess needs and speed relief to hungry and struggling families. Often, our staff is traveling in remote areas, out of the range of any communications at all.
Ethiopia: New assessments in drought-parched regions of Ethiopia
As worsening drought and food shortages spread throughout the Horn of Africa, we've begun more assessments of hard-hit areas in eastern and southern Ethiopia.
Indonesia: Retooling Mentawai and helping it grow again
Indonesia's Mentawai Islands have a very hot and arid climate but, because of high rainfall and minimal pests, it is great for agriculture. When the tsunami hit last October, Mentawai residents ran from the waves with only the clothes on their backs. Most tools and crops were lost.
Kenya: Lifesaving relief for families in northeastern Kenya
“People here are falling down in masses ... it will be too late to do anything if we don't act now,” our emergency response leader in northeastern Kenya just told me on a phone call.
Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya: Situation worsens in the Horn of Africa, our response increases
Today, the United Nations officially declared a famine in parts of Somalia. What does this alarming news mean? Technically, it refers to conditions that include 30 percent acute malnutrition among the population of a specific place.
Japan: Re-opening Ofunato's fish market
The tsunami poured through the Ofunato fish market, leaving the open-plan structure mostly intact but washing away almost everything within it.
Kenya: Chronicles of a "drought widow"
One of the saddest things about the current drought in the Horn of Africa is that it’s destroying families. Men go off with livestock to find water — often traveling hundreds of miles for months at a time — or they drop out of pastoral life and flow into towns to look for odd jobs.
Kenya: Ten-year-old Hindiya Roble outside of Hadado, Kenya
Hindiya Roble, 10, and her family have been walking for 17 days in search of water.
Kenya: Walking for 17 days