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 team up with communities 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, 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 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: 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
Japan: From Haiti to Japan March 11, 2011
This morning, as I was getting ready for work — before I'd switched on NPR — I was thinking about how I wanted to tell my aunt that I'd like to go with her to Japan this year.
Japan: Massive earthquake, tsunami strike Japan March 11, 2011
A devastating tsunami spawned by the strongest earthquake to ever strike Japan has killed hundreds and displaced tens of thousands. Hundreds more are missing.
Japan: Waking up to Japan's disaster March 11, 2011