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 sight. Learn more about our ongoing response to the Syrian refugee crisis ▸
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Japan: Roads that no longer exist in a town that isn't there April 10, 2011
The town of Rikuzentakata has been wiped off the earth.
Japan: How an aftershock feels, and what it means April 10, 2011
Japan: Warmth and wreckage in Kesennuma April 9, 2011
Wednesday morning I went with my colleagues Yohei and Ryu from Peace Winds Japan to help deliver kerosene heaters. The northeast of Japan where the tsunami struck is still cold even in April, with temperatures around freezing at night and sometimes during the day as well.
Japan: Update from Japan after Thursday's 7.1-magnitude aftershock April 8, 2011
Thursday night at 11:32 P.M. local time, Japan's northeastern coast was struck by a major 7.1 magnitude aftershock. The team was all okay, but the shaking was intense. Several of our team members had to leave the hotel where they were staying in, due to the damage.
Haiti: Video: Art Therapy in Haiti April 7, 2011
Libya: Baby showers for displaced Libyan families April 7, 2011
Despite all the fighting and uncertainty in Libya, some things in Libya are continuing as scheduled. The schools may be closed and the banks all shut, but babies are still being born to very proud and anxious parents.
Japan: Starting Comfort for Kids in Japan April 6, 2011
Japan: The sea gives and then takes away April 6, 2011
The ferry stop, which was once a two-story building — doubtless with restaurants and gift shops — had been reduced to a hollow shell, draped with plastic and refuse and a station wagon.
Japan: Starting to build after Japan's tsunami April 2, 2011
It's hard to describe the desolation left by a tsunami, because there is so little left that is nameable.
Japan: Final impressions of Japan April 1, 2011
As I prepare to leave Japan, there are so many impressions of this disaster and the Japanese people that stick in my mind. I’d like to share a few.