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 protecting 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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Japan: The tsunami's lasting emotional toll March 24, 2011
It's been almost two weeks since people along coastal northeastern Japan saw the signs of coming tsunami waves and saved their lives by racing to safety. The water hit their cities and towns, taking away loved ones, their homes, their jobs.
Japan: Learning to cope with the tremors in Japan March 23, 2011
I’m not used to being in a place where the ground shakes. I spent my youth and early career years in New Jersey and New York City — not exactly quake country.
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