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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Indonesia: A bright idea for Indonesia's tsunami survivors March 22, 2011
Last night we spent the night at KM 37 in order to check on the families using the solar lights that we have distributed.
Japan: Report from the disaster zone March 21, 2011
About half the city completely ruined. A line visible from where the water surged, stopped and then withdrew. On one side of the line, everything destroyed. On the other side, everything normal.
Japan: Our friends in Japan March 16, 2011
Today I've been corresponding with Rieko, who has been a good friend of my mother's since I was a kid. We met Rieko when she and her family lived in Beaverton years ago, but now she and her family are back in Tokyo.
Japan: On my way to Japan March 16, 2011
I'm on my way to Japan to support the emergency relief efforts of our partner, Peace Winds. But I wanted to take a moment to say thank you.
Japan: Bringing years of experience to Japan's disaster zone March 15, 2011
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.