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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Japan: Peace Winds distributes food, shelter materials to survivors in Kesennuma March 14, 2011
Three staff members from our partner, Peace Winds, distributed food and materials to earthquake survivors in Kesennuma City on Monday. Here are some of the items they delivered via helicopter from Tokyo:
Japan: Praying for my country from Portland, Oregon March 13, 2011
The last Thursday night was a nightmare. A good friend of mine texted me asking if my family was OK; it was the first time I was informed that Japan, my country was attacked by a great earthquake and tsunami.
Japan: Devastation in Natori March 12, 2011
Our partner Peace Winds shot this video on a helicopter survey over tsunami-devastated territory. The text overlay reads, "The current damage condition of the City of Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, March 12 at 2:00 p.m."
Japan: From Haiti to Japan March 11, 2011
This morning, as I was getting ready for work — before I'd switched on NPR — I was thinking about how I wanted to tell my aunt that I'd like to go with her to Japan this year.
Japan: Massive earthquake, tsunami strike Japan March 11, 2011
A devastating tsunami spawned by the strongest earthquake to ever strike Japan has killed hundreds and displaced tens of thousands. Hundreds more are missing.
Japan: Waking up to Japan's disaster March 11, 2011
Indonesia: A bucket for water March 11, 2011
Pakistan: Repairing roads and restoring lives in Pakistan March 9, 2011
Floods that struck Pakistan over the summer of 2010 deluged at least one-fifth of the whole country, destroying entire villages. Mercy Corps is organizing more than 100 projects that will help residents repair roads, dig canals and rebuild other infrastructure.
Pakistan: Ensuring clean water for Pakistan's flood-displaced families March 9, 2011
The summer of 2010 brought torrential monsoon rains to Pakistan, flooding at least 20 percent of the entire country. Mercy Corps has distributed clean, fresh water to at least 145,000 people and is helping flooded communities build new water systems.
Pakistan: 'They are just like family' March 5, 2011
During last summer's historic flooding in Pakistan, Mercy Corps opened a mobile medical unit led by a female doctor to care for the needs of women and children. Dr. Antonia Maria explains how "day by day, we developed a bond like family" with women seeking health information and treatment.