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.
We have responded to almost every global natural disaster in the last 20 years, including the Japan tsunami, Haiti earthquake, hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa, Indian Ocean tsunami, and most recently, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Our seasoned emergency responders worked through the recent conflict in Gaza and are on the ground in Iraq, South Sudan and the Central African Republic distributing critical supplies and protect 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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Pakistan: Strong earthquake jolts southern Pakistan January 18, 2011
Mercy Corps is monitoring reports of damage from a powerful earthquake in southwestern Pakistan. The epicenter of the 7.2-magnitude quake was in Balochistan, Pakistan's largest and poorest province.
Haiti: After a year, room to give and learn January 12, 2011
I arrived in Haiti two weeks after the earthquake, and have been here ever since. It’s hard to imagine that a year has already passed by. I still remember landing in a helicopter in a field of rubble.
Haiti: Today I'm living another way January 11, 2011
I've been working with Mercy Corps for four months now on the Moving Forward project. Moving Forward is a sport and play-based psychosocial support program designed for youth affected by the January 12 earthquake here in Haiti.
Haiti: Interviews in the camps, a year later January 11, 2011
A few days ago, I went out to the Mojapta displacement camp, where Mercy Corps is providing clean water and sanitation to families, to ask earthquake survivors about their experiences today — and of the last year. Gilberte Jean, 23
Haiti: Losing everything, then finding something January 11, 2011
Last year was one of a kind. It changed the lives of many people, including mine.
Haiti: The challenges of clean water and sanitation in Haiti January 10, 2011
Haiti: Haiti, nearly one year later January 9, 2011
January 12 — which is only a few days away — marks the end of one of the hardest years that Haitians have known in a long, long time. It also marks that single day of tragedy when a 7.0-magnitude quake killed 230,000 and destroyed Port-au-Prince.
Kyrgyzstan: A warmer New Year's Day for some deserving kids January 4, 2011
A big "RAHMAT" — "thank you" in the Kyrgyz and Uzbek languages — to our donors who helped us respond to the crisis in Kyrgyzstan!
Indonesia: The importance of washing your hands with soap January 3, 2011
The emergency response team here in the tsunami-stricken Mentawai Islands has been preparing for a hygiene promotion campaign for survivors, and today was their first day in action!
Haiti: The power of play December 29, 2010
Herma Pierre, 13, is beating the odds. She survived the earthquake. And she’s growing up in Port-au-Prince’s toughest slum. Six years ago, Cité Soleil was a war zone. Violence has subsided in recent years, but for girls like Herma, guns and gangs still pose a serious threat.