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 teams up with them 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, the 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 Ukraine, 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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Ethiopia: Dan O'Neill with hungry child in Ethiopia
Mercy Corps Founder Dan O'Neill with a famine-affected child in Ethiopia, 1985.
Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan: Horror in the Horn of Africa: reflections and projections
I first encountered extreme poverty and hunger in 1972 when I drove through Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia on a church mission trip. It struck me in the heart and I felt helpless.
Kenya: Solitary herder outside Hadado, Kenya
A traditional herder stands on the withered landscape outside the drought-stricken town of Hadado, Kenya.
Kenya: Checking in on our team in northeastern Kenya
Ethiopia: Stitching land back together in drought-hit Ethiopia
The land in Lacole, part of the Oromo Region in southeast Ethiopia, looks like it’s literally been torn apart.
Ethiopia: Planning ahead saves lives in Ethiopia
Though it’s only been in the headlines in the United Kingdom and United States for the past few weeks, Mercy Corps’ team in Ethiopia saw the crisis that’s gripping East Africa coming months ago.
Kenya: Water delivery to five drought-parched Kenyan villages
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.