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
Jordan, Syria: Ibrahim’s story: A chance to play is a chance to heal August 22, 2013
Eight-year-old Ibrahim saw war rage outside his window in Syria. Now at Zaatari refugee camp, our play spaces and activities are helping him feel safe again.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Q+A: How we're protecting Syrian refugee kids August 20, 2013
Our child protection expert in Jordan and Lebanon explains what their life is like and what Mercy Corps is doing to keep them safe.
Jordan, Syria: Rallying local support to help Syrian refugees July 15, 2013
One dedicated woman is marshaling volunteers and donations in Jordan to help us meet refugees’ most urgent, everyday needs.
Central African Republic: How we're working through continued insecurity July 5, 2013
In a Q & A with Program Coordinator Whitney Elmer, learn how we’re adapting to a new, challenging environment to help families in post-coup CAR.
Nepal: Testing the future of emergency assistance June 27, 2013
We’ve been part of the mobile money revolution for some time, and now our latest efforts are being tested in Nepal — one of the poorest countries in the world.
Jordan: Tackling the global water crisis with expert partner Xylem June 21, 2013
One in eight people around the world does not have access to clean water. This is how we're exploring new ways to fix that.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Addressing growing needs as refugee crisis reaches ‘historic proportions’ June 20, 2013
While we work in the countries neighboring Syria, we're also actively engaged in advocacy efforts to ensure international leaders support the needs of Syrian refugees and their hosts.
China: Ya'an earthquake response: Partnering to reach families in need June 12, 2013
Nearly two months later, people are still living in tents, their homes destroyed — but many partners have joined us to help these communities recover and rebuild.
Jordan, Syria: Syrian refugees outside camps struggle to meet needs June 11, 2013
These are a few of the thousands of families we've been able to reach in northern Jordan. There are many more like them who need our help.
China: Hygiene kits help earthquake survivors in remote villages June 7, 2013
“People are so excited they arrive early to help unload the kits and wait anxiously for their names to be called to receive them,” said emergency response team member Liu Xiao.