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 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 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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India, Indonesia, Somalia, Sri Lanka: Indian Ocean tsunami: Ten years later
It's been a decade since the Indian Ocean tsunami ravaged communities from Indonesia to East Africa. Take a look back at the historic response and how people recovered.
South Sudan: Looking ahead after one year of conflict
Our Country Director in South Sudan discusses the harsh realities that demand our attention — and the hope for a peaceful future that we can't forget.
Liberia: Ebola response diaries: Morris
Operations Manager Morris Saysay knows firsthand the danger of Ebola after losing his cousin to the virus. But he's more determined than ever to help his country overcome this crisis.
Philippines: Typhoon survivors weather another blow: Stories after Hagupit
Our emergency team is visiting families after this weekend’s powerful storm swept through communities that lost everything to Typhoon Haiyan just one year ago.
Philippines: Typhoon Hagupit batters Philippines with heavy rain and wind
Typhoon Hagupit made landfall in the Philippines this weekend, bringing new threats of major flooding and dangerous landslides to families still recovering from last year's Typhoon Haiyan.
Philippines: Acting quickly to prepare for Typhoon Hagupit
Typhoon Hagupit is taking aim at the Philippines with significant force. Our team on the ground is acting quickly to help people get to safety.
Liberia: Ebola response diaries: Nyema
Most members of our Ebola response team are from Liberia. Hear how they’re living with the outbreak and why they’re determined to help their communities beat the virus.
DR Congo: Cash and the family goat: Sifa’s story of survival
When Sifa and her children fled their home, the only thing they had to rely on was the family goat. Learn how we helped her recover what she lost.
Iraq, Syria: Helping families on the run from conflict in Syria and Iraq
When you don’t know when you can return home, how do you move forward with your life? Cash assistance, rather than handouts, helps displaced families meet their varied needs — and restores some of the dignity they’ve lost.
Liberia: Report: Battling Ebola’s economic consequences
Fewer jobs and lower incomes mean most Liberians don't have enough to eat. What we're doing to address the deepening food crisis.