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 the Nepal earthquake, 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 nearly 4 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 ▸
All stories about Emergency response
Iraq: Cash gives one family safe shelter from conflict
Finding refuge from violence in Iraq can be a daunting task. Find out how Mercy Corps is helping this displaced family and others stay out of harm's way.
South Sudan: Escalating warfare drives more families toward hunger
Increasingly brutal fighting has put 4.6 million people at risk of going hungry — the highest number since the start of the crisis. Learn how we're helping families meet their urgent needs for survival.
Lebanon, Syria: The struggle to build a home away from home
For refugee families like Daad’s, even the basics are hard to come by. They need better shelter, more food, and perhaps most importantly this summer: clean water.
Jordan, Syria: Q+A: What you need to know about water scarcity in Jordan
Water is alarmingly scarce in Jordan. We spoke with a Mercy Corps water engineer about how his team is working to fix the problem and ensure that Jordanians and Syrian refugees have access to clean water.
Yemen: Staff speak out about work in a conflict zone
Two of our team members report from war-torn Yemen on how they're persevering to reach people in need despite ongoing clashes.
Ukraine: Reaching families on the front lines of conflict
What do people living on the “line of contact” in eastern Ukraine need most? Safe shelter and clean water. Learn more about how we’re helping people cope.
Kenya, Somalia: The long journey home
Many refugees of the Somali civil war never thought they’d be able to return. Follow one man’s journey and learn how we’re helping Somali refugees in Kenya find their way back home.
Nepal: Cash stimulates recovery in villages shattered by quake
Find out how local shopkeepers are helping us get money to vulnerable families in hard-to-reach communities.
Jordan, Syria: We asked refugees: What did you bring with you?
Many Syrian refugees fled with only seconds to grab what matters to them most. These personal items are now bittersweet symbols of home and hope.
Jordan, Syria: What do refugees need after leaving everything behind?
People who escape the war in Syria leave nearly empty-handed and now have few options to support themselves. See some of the items we provide to help them maintain their new life.