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.
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Indonesia: Recognition for our programs in West Sumatra October 1, 2010
Indonesia: One year after the earthquake, a measure of relief September 29, 2010
Today, September 30 here in West Sumatra, Indonesia, brings remembrance of the earthquake a year ago that killed more than 1,000 people and affected the livelihoods of an estimated 1.25 million more.
Haiti: Campaigning for a new Haiti September 28, 2010
Campaigning is starting to get underway in Haiti, two months before the Presidential election scheduled on November 28.
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