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 teams up with them 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, the 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 Ukraine, 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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Indonesia: Responding to Indonesia's latest tsunami
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
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
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
“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
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
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
This Wednesday — October 13 — is International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction. It's a day to focus on disaster preparedness and resilience.
Uganda: Nineteen reasons to come home
Even while she still lived in a displacement camp, Lalam Sande had 19 reminders of where she’d come from.
Pakistan: A long way home
I should have explained, but I didn’t. Phagal, thankfully, didn’t need an explanation.
Indonesia: Recognition for our programs in West Sumatra