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 natural 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.
Our seasoned emergency responders worked through the recent conflict in Gaza and are on the ground in Iraq, South Sudan and the Central African Republic distributing critical supplies and protect 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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Haiti: Finding peace and serenity in Haiti May 4, 2011
After warming up outside with a name game, the children return to the classroom for their next activity. The mentor asks them to close their eyes and focus on their breathing. They have just had an outdoor activity and it’s time to slow down — it’s time for meditation.
Libya: Talking chicken feed in Benghazi May 4, 2011
Mercy Corps' Jill Morehead (right) talks with a Libyan farmer about the challenges of raising chickens during the country's ongoing conflict and crisis. Dwindling chicken feed supplies are driving up prices, making life harder for farmers and consumers alike.
Libya: Got chicken? May 4, 2011
Two weeks ago, we walked into the grocery store here in Benghazi, Libya to look for chicken.
Liberia: Delivering clean water to Ivorian refugees in Liberia May 3, 2011
Even though the political crisis in Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) ended almost a month ago, a humanitarian catastrophe remains. More than a million Ivoriens fled their homes to escape fierce fighting during the crisis, including at least 135,000 people that escaped into neighboring Liberia.
Haiti: In Haiti, children giggle with delight May 2, 2011
I met Guivens Cemervil for the first time when he traveled to Mercy Corps headquarters in Portland, Oregon last January on the anniversary of Haiti’s earthquake. His story is remarkable: he was the only survivor in his university’s classroom of 60 to be unharmed.
Colombia: Responding to Colombia's 'worst natural disaster' April 26, 2011
Mercy Corps is responding to massive flooding in Colombia that the country's president called "the worst natural disaster that we can remember."
Libya: Relativity strikes back April 26, 2011
It was a particularly active night in Misrata. Windy, cloudy and every 15 minutes or so....boom! We were too far from the city center to feel the blasts, but remembering each time that the blast was on or next to someone's house is difficult... Silence. The bombardment stopped.
Japan: Back to school again! April 23, 2011
This week brought an important step in the attempt to return to some sort of normalcy in the tsunami-affected area of Japan. School started again.
Libya: Relief efforts continue in Libya April 22, 2011
Mercy Corps' team in Libya is continuing relief and assessment operations in two conflict-affected Libyan cities: Benghazi and Misrata.
Libya: My first impressions in Libya April 22, 2011
As we handed him our passports, I was a little nervous. I spent the last two years in Iraq and Pakistan and was used to not necessarily being totally welcome as an American.