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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Lebanon, Syria: A commitment to Syria's children March 12, 2014
The trauma doesn't end when Syrian children escape the war. We're finding new ways to ensure this generation is not lost to this crisis.
Jordan, Syria: Safe homes for refugee families March 11, 2014
Housing, in any condition, is in high demand in Jordan as Syrian refugees continue to stream across the border. See how we repair dilapidated houses to give vulnerable families, like Henna's, a safe place to live.
Indonesia: Emergency support helps mothers through flood March 7, 2014
In unsanitary and crowded evacuation centers, Hati Kami mother care groups were more important than ever, helping women keep their babies healthy.
South Sudan: Critical need for clean water and sanitation as violence continues March 5, 2014
More than 900,000 have been displaced by conflict in South Sudan. As humanitarian conditions worsen, we're working tirelessly to meet emergency needs of vulnerable families in Unity State.
Colombia: Relief for a family displaced by conflict February 21, 2014
Miriam's family received emergency supplies from us after being uprooted from their home. On a recent trip to Columbia our director of development met her and received a tour of her new shelter — a makeshift house built in a mangrove.
Indonesia, Philippines: Meet our field staff: Dewi February 17, 2014
When Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, Dewi Hanifah, a seasoned first responder, was quickly deployed to the devastated region.
Philippines: Rebuilding homes with mobile money February 12, 2014
In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, our mobile banking program is providing Filipinos, like Rodelyn and Zeny, with safe new roofs — and new opportunities.
Lebanon, Syria: Meeting urgent needs of new Syrian refugees February 7, 2014
Getting critical supplies to families who have recently crossed the border is a key part of our work in Lebanon. Watch a video of our latest distribution.
Guatemala: Building homes and resilience in communities struck by quake February 5, 2014
We responded immediately when natural disaster devastated rural communities in Guatemala, and we stayed beyond the emergency to help them build back better.
Indonesia: Emergency support ready in disaster-prone region January 30, 2014
Our Indonesia Response Team is positioned to rush relief to families when emergencies like this month's flooding in West Java strike this vulnerable nation.