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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Colombia: Landslide — 8,635 families in Barranquilla affected November 10, 2010
During a routine visit to one of our Disaster Prevention Pilot Projects in the city of Barranquilla, Colombia and a fast conversation with German Manota — the right-hand man of Barranquilla's Mayor — I was quickly introduced to the devastation that is currently occurring here.
Pakistan: Nothing more precious than a buffalo November 10, 2010
Small farmers all over Sindh province were hit hard by this past summer’s catastrophic flooding. Most of these farmers are very poor, living on less than $2 a day.
Indonesia: Unbreakable November 10, 2010
Colombia: Sliding homes November 9, 2010
Haiti: Teacher to teacher, school to school November 9, 2010
Bonjou! My husband and I arrived in Port-au-Prince's international airport yesterday. The original structure has deep cracks and rubble-filled rooms visible by the new parallel hallway that leads arriving passengers to the new terminal.
Indonesia: On the ground in tsunami-stricken Mentawai November 9, 2010
It had already been a week since our Director, Erynn Carter, asked me to prepare myself to conduct the Joint Need Assesment for our emergency earthquake and tsunami response in the Mentawai Islands Yet, the tropical cyclone that has been hampering the coasts of West Sumatra and the Mentawai Islan
Haiti: Using art as a vehicle to help Haiti November 8, 2010
Pakistan: Health clinics on wheels November 8, 2010
I met 25-year-old Sahiba and her two-year-old son Rehan while they were waiting patiently to see a doctor at one of Mercy Corps mobile health clinics in Sindh province. Rehan had a bad cough for several days, and his mother was alarmed.
Haiti: Haiti under red alert, Tomas likely to arrive as hurricane November 4, 2010
Today Mercy Corps' Haiti team continued to help ready camps and communities for the arrival of a possible hurricane tonight. Now, along with the Haitian government and other aid agencies, Mercy Corps is responding to three emergencies: earthquake, cholera and storm.
Indonesia: You can never predict the weather November 4, 2010
Yesterday, I resolved to write only good news in my next blog post. You see, I’m the kind of person who’d like to believe that there’s always a slight of hope even in the worst disaster. Naïve. Because right now, I don’t really have any good news to write home about.