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 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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China: Progress report: Rebuilding communities one year after quake April 18, 2014
One year after an earthquake devastated rural China, we're looking back on the recovery effort and looking ahead toward long-term rebuilding.
Central African Republic: Rainy season heightens risk of disease April 9, 2014
New photos from the Central African Republic, where we're addressing urgent water and sanitation needs for displaced families facing squalid living conditions.
Lebanon, Syria: In the news: The cost of war on Syrian refugee children March 19, 2014
On public radio's "On Point," Mercy Corps joins diplomatic officials and other regional experts to discuss the impact of the Syria crisis on the youngest victims.
Jordan, Syria: Getting Syria's most vulnerable children to school March 15, 2014
Children with disabilities can easily fall through the cracks during the upheaval of war. We're making sure kids like Hayam have their needs met to continue their education as refugees.
Jordan, Syria: Life as a refugee: Spend the day with Nour March 14, 2014
From dawn to dusk, every hour with Nour, 13, and her family in Zaatari refugee camp shows the hardships millions of Syrians endure every day, three years since the war began — and the occasional joys they hang on to far from home.
Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Syria: Three years in crisis March 12, 2014
A look inside the worst humanitarian disaster of our time and what we must do to help families trapped by war.
Lebanon, Syria: A commitment to Syria's children March 12, 2014
The trauma doesn't end when Syrian children escape the war. We're finding new ways to ensure this generation is not lost to this crisis.
Jordan, Syria: Safe homes for refugee families March 11, 2014
Housing, in any condition, is in high demand in Jordan as Syrian refugees continue to stream across the border. See how we repair dilapidated houses to give vulnerable families, like Henna's, a safe place to live.
Indonesia: Emergency support helps mothers through flood March 7, 2014
In unsanitary and crowded evacuation centers, Hati Kami mother care groups were more important than ever, helping women keep their babies healthy.
South Sudan: Critical need for clean water and sanitation as violence continues March 5, 2014
More than 900,000 have been displaced by conflict in South Sudan. As humanitarian conditions worsen, we're working tirelessly to meet emergency needs of vulnerable families in Unity State.