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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Libya: Assessment team dispatched to Libya February 27, 2011
Mercy Corps is sending a team of experts to Libya to assess how we might help address the urgent needs stemming from the political crisis engulfing the country. The team is expected to arrive in Libya by mid-week.
Indonesia: Tsunami survivors are ready to live healthy February 17, 2011
Haiti: A one-time grant can help save lives in Haiti February 15, 2011
In early January, Louis Jeune Dadyne had finally infiltrated a Mercy Corps Mobile Money event. She sat quietly in the back of the small, outdoor classroom, next to a particularly rambunctious prospective vendor.
Myanmar: Small animals bring big dreams February 11, 2011
Cyclone Nargis, which devastated large swaths of Myanmar (known also as Burma) in 2008, took everything from residents like 59-year-old Daw Hla Kyi — including her livestock.
Same time, next year February 3, 2011
It's not often that the entire Global Emergency Operations team finds themselves in the same place at the same time. By design we are scattered across the globe, serving as a standing resource that can be quickly mobilized to augment Mercy Corps' overall ability to respond to an emergency.
Indonesia: Bulasat using community reconstruction kits to rebuild their church January 30, 2011
The other day, Mercy Corps and IOM teamed up to show ECHO some of the areas we have been working in. At 10 a.m. we met at KM 8, across the channel between Sikakap and South Pagai. We had two cars, and made our two-hour journey to Bulasat, located at KM 41.
Greetings from Davos, Switzerland January 25, 2011
In the past couple of weeks, I’ve traveled from Haiti to South Sudan to this Swiss mountain village where the World Economic Forum (WEF) holds its annual meeting on the state of the world’s economy.
Indonesia: How many times a day do you turn on the water from the faucet? January 23, 2011
If you really noticed, how many times would it be?
Pakistan: Strong earthquake jolts southern Pakistan January 18, 2011
Mercy Corps is monitoring reports of damage from a powerful earthquake in southwestern Pakistan. The epicenter of the 7.2-magnitude quake was in Balochistan, Pakistan's largest and poorest province.
Haiti: After a year, room to give and learn January 12, 2011
I arrived in Haiti two weeks after the earthquake, and have been here ever since. It’s hard to imagine that a year has already passed by. I still remember landing in a helicopter in a field of rubble.