Life can change for millions of families in an instant: natural disasters can 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 and Indian Ocean tsunami.
Right now, our seasoned emergency responders are on the ground in the Philippines working to rush critical supplies to survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan. The most pressing needs are clean water, sanitation, temporary shelter and food.
We're also working to support nearly two million people affected by the crisis in Syria. This is a long-term humanitarian disaster with no end in site; we are committed to helping Syrian refugees and their host communities in Jordan and Lebanon, providing clean water, household supplies, improved shelter and support for children to heal from trauma.
All stories about Emergency response
Indonesia: Preparation is empowerment December 3, 2010
There was an earthquake on Wednesday afternoon here in Indonesia's tsunami-stricken Mentawai Islands. I’m not sure how big it was, but I was writing a report when all of a sudden the table started shaking.
Indonesia: Ku oba ekeu December 1, 2010
In life there are few unexpected, sometimes unwanted, events that can drastically change your life forever. For me, one of them is being deployed to the tsunami-stricken Mentawai Islands as part of Mercy Corps’ Indonesia Response Team last month.
Indonesia: It takes courage to grow November 29, 2010
We were all awake at 6 A.M. on Saturday morning. For the next hour and a half, we were getting ready for our day, double-checking our task list and making sure everything was right. Then we were on our way to Sabeu Gung Gung to distribute household Kits to tsunami-affected families.
Indonesia: Self-recollection on the ferry from Mentawai November 21, 2010
November 16 marked my one-year service anniversary with Mercy Corps West Sumatra.
Colombia: Rising from the rubble in Barranquilla November 20, 2010
When I first visited the neighborhood of El Bosque in Barranquilla, the landslide had affected nearly 350 families, with the partial or complete collapse of a large portion of the community. That was 10 days ago.
Haiti: Venturing to Haiti November 19, 2010
I recently had the opportunity to join a trip to Haiti led by Linda Mason, Chair of the Board of Mercy Corps. This is a very impressive and worthy organization on which I will elaborate later.
Myanmar: Responding to Cyclone Giri November 15, 2010
Mercy Corps has dispatched an assessment team to Myanmar's western coast in the wake of a cyclone that has left 71,000 people homeless, according to UN estimates.
Colombia: Landslide — 8,635 families in Barranquilla affected November 10, 2010
During a routine visit to one of our Disaster Prevention Pilot Projects in the city of Barranquilla, Colombia and a fast conversation with German Manota — the right-hand man of Barranquilla's Mayor — I was quickly introduced to the devastation that is currently occurring here.
Pakistan: Nothing more precious than a buffalo November 10, 2010
Small farmers all over Sindh province were hit hard by this past summer’s catastrophic flooding. Most of these farmers are very poor, living on less than $2 a day.
Indonesia: Unbreakable November 10, 2010