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
Haiti: It's a privilege to own a tap-tap! September 19, 2010
It's been two months since I was last in Haiti.
Pakistan: Biking to Bollywood September 17, 2010
Post-earthquake Chile is not Haiti, and hopefully not New Orleans either September 16, 2010
Six months have passed since the 8.8 earthquake and tsunami that flattened a large swath of central and southern Chile in February.
Haiti: A psychologist's perspective on Port-au-Prince September 16, 2010
Chile Earthquake Update: Six months later, life goes on…for some September 16, 2010
Pakistan: How we'll restore hope in Pakistan September 7, 2010
In a few days time, Muslims in Pakistan will celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of Ramadan. Millions will this typically festive occasion in tents far from home, in very hot, humid and unforgiving conditions.
Pakistan: Homemade signs and help August 24, 2010
North Korea: Demystifying our work in North Korea August 20, 2010
In North Korea, Mercy Corps programs focus on alleviating hunger by expanding agricultural production. We also invite North Korean officials to the U.S. as part of building a humanitarian bridge between our country and theirs.
Pakistan: Delivering aid to flooded-out families August 20, 2010
This was written by my colleague Raheel Ayaz, a monitoring and evaluation officer here in Pakistan: Sixteen-year-old Rasalat Khan is a member of one of the 161 families who received emergency food and tool kits from Mercy Corps on Wednesday.
Haiti: Bringing food to Haiti's hungry families August 13, 2010
Families in Haiti’s Central Plateau and Lower Artibonite have been going hungry – not because food is not available, but because they cannot afford it.