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 and then teams up with them to build back stronger.
We have responded to almost every global natural disaster in the last 20 years, including the Nepal earthquake, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Japan tsunami, the Haiti earthquake, the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa, and the Indian Ocean tsunami.
Our seasoned emergency responders work through conflict in Gaza and are on the ground in Ukraine, Iraq, South Sudan and the Central African Republic distributing critical supplies and protecting families uprooted by ongoing violence.
We're also working to support nearly 4 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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Ethiopia: Helping ensure that Ethiopian herders don't lose everything
Ethiopia: Dried-up lake in Gashamo district, Ethiopia
This was a small lake that served the water needs of families and their livestock — now it's mostly dried up.
Ethiopia: 'I have not known it this bad in 30 years'
Earlier this week in Ethiopia's drought-hit Somali Region, I saw a small boy kneel and drink from what was left of a pond.
Haiti: Mobile banking customer in Saint-Marc, Haiti
One of the storeowners in Saint-Marc, Haiti, supported by Mercy Corps' Mobile Money program.
Ethiopia: Feeding hungry children in remote Ethiopia
Hibo — a tiny, chubby-cheeked three year old — seemed to take great delight in looking everywhere except my camera as I tried to take her photo. From her mother's hip she giggled, turned away and pulled faces by turns, to the amusement of all around.
Haiti: Mobile wallets help Haitians rebuild
Families needed food. Small vendors and local economies needed cash. And it turns out the solution to this Catch-22 was right in the hands — or the pockets — of most Haitians.
Kenya: Providing clean water to 16 drought-affected Kenyan villages
Ethiopia: Dan O'Neill with hungry child in Ethiopia
Mercy Corps Founder Dan O'Neill with a famine-affected child in Ethiopia, 1985.
Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan: Horror in the Horn of Africa: reflections and projections
I first encountered extreme poverty and hunger in 1972 when I drove through Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia on a church mission trip. It struck me in the heart and I felt helpless.
Kenya: Solitary herder outside Hadado, Kenya
A traditional herder stands on the withered landscape outside the drought-stricken town of Hadado, Kenya.