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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Haiti: Moving Forward through sports in Haiti October 29, 2010
Guivens Cemervil (at the head of the table) trains local youth workers in the Moving Forward sports program in Port-au-Prince in July. Mercy Corps has trained 55 mentors from 23 local organizations to hold their own sports programs for six months.
Haiti: Getting the word out on cholera October 29, 2010
For the last two days I've been out with Mercy Corps' Haiti team, which has been visiting communities in both Port-au-Prince and the Center Department to ensure they have the information they need about cholera: how to prevent it and treat it.
Indonesia: 199,000 tons of TNT October 28, 2010
Indonesia: Responding to Indonesia's latest tsunami October 27, 2010
Today was a busy day spent doing logistics for our emergency response to the tsunami that just hit Indonesia's Mentawai Islands. Almost 300 people have died, more than 400 are missing and estimates are that at least 4,000 people are displaced.
Indonesia: The reality of living on Indonesia's ring of fire October 26, 2010
Today has been a sad day for me. I found out from the news that my old playing and hiking place — Mount Merapi in Jogjakarta, Indonesia — is completely devastated by wedus gembel (burning clouds) and volcanic ashes.
Haiti: A new Haiti emergency: Cholera October 25, 2010
I arrived to Haiti last week in time to see another emergency unfold: people dying with symptoms that pointed to cholera — diarrhea and vomiting leading to severe dehydration.
Indonesia: Mercy Corps billboards are stopping traffic October 17, 2010
“You've got to see this,” said Erynn Carter —who heads up Mercy Corps’ projects in West Sumatra — yesterday when I arrived in Padang. “Our new disaster billboards went up last night, and there was a huge traffic jam this morning at rush hour because so many people stopped to look at them!”
Finding cost-effective strategies to prepare for and combat natural hazards October 13, 2010
Today is the International Day for Disaster Reduction, a day especially designated to promote a global culture of natural disaster risk reduction.
Haiti: On the road, sharing good news about Haiti October 11, 2010
For the past two weeks or so, I’ve been on the road between New York and Washington, DC, attending meetings, conferences and learning events, as well as spending time with our partners and key Mercy Corps staff.
Indonesia: Working in all levels for better disaster risk reduction initiatives October 11, 2010
This Wednesday — October 13 — is International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction. It's a day to focus on disaster preparedness and resilience.