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 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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Myanmar: Small animals bring big dreams February 11, 2011
Cyclone Nargis, which devastated large swaths of Myanmar (known also as Burma) in 2008, took everything from residents like 59-year-old Daw Hla Kyi — including her livestock.
Same time, next year February 3, 2011
It's not often that the entire Global Emergency Operations team finds themselves in the same place at the same time. By design we are scattered across the globe, serving as a standing resource that can be quickly mobilized to augment Mercy Corps' overall ability to respond to an emergency.
Indonesia: Bulasat using community reconstruction kits to rebuild their church January 30, 2011
The other day, Mercy Corps and IOM teamed up to show ECHO some of the areas we have been working in. At 10 a.m. we met at KM 8, across the channel between Sikakap and South Pagai. We had two cars, and made our two-hour journey to Bulasat, located at KM 41.
Greetings from Davos, Switzerland January 25, 2011
In the past couple of weeks, I’ve traveled from Haiti to South Sudan to this Swiss mountain village where the World Economic Forum (WEF) holds its annual meeting on the state of the world’s economy.
Indonesia: How many times a day do you turn on the water from the faucet? January 23, 2011
If you really noticed, how many times would it be?
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.