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 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.
We're also working to support nearly two million people affected by the crisis in Syria, a long-term humanitarian disaster with no end in site. Learn more about our ongoing response to the Syrian refugee crisis ▸
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China: Tears in Yushu – Chinese mourn one week after the earthquake April 23, 2010
At 10:00 a.m. on April 21st, just as the snow began to fall, Yushu County was crying.
China: Distributing food supplies in the quake zone April 22, 2010
It was a big day today. I helped our local partner with two of their emergency distributions. The heavy road traffic last night forced us to postpone the first distribution until this morning.
China: Helping local organizations respond as best they can April 21, 2010
Yushu County is normally a picturesque area, located in the eastern part of the Tibetan Plateau, about 3,800 meters above sea level. However, it is also one of China’s nationally recognized “poverty counties,” and the horrific earthquake last week almost totally destroyed this beautiful little corner of the Tibetan region.
West Bank and Gaza: Helping Gaza's children lead ‘normal’ lives again April 21, 2010
China: Struggles in Qinghai — notes from the earthquake zone April 20, 2010
Today is the fourth day since the devastating 7.1 Qinghai Earthquake took so many lives, livelihoods and homes. I was anxious to get out to Qinghai.
Three-day training session in Chile brings mentors on board April 20, 2010
The Educacion Popular en Salud (EPES, Mercy Corps' local partner) Center is humming with activity.
Indonesia: Change starts here! April 19, 2010
Dispatch from Hualpén, Chile April 15, 2010
People are still living in tents 48 days after the earthquake in Chile. Fish is a source of income in Talcahuano, and many people lost their homes and they can’t go back to the sea for fishing. Boats are still in the main street — the tsunami destroyed their dreams.
China: Earthquake devastates China's Qinghai Province April 14, 2010
Earlier today, a 6.9 earthquake struck one of China's westernmost provinces, killing at least 400 people and injuring thousands.
"My Earthquake Story" — a story for everyone April 7, 2010