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 3.7 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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Ukraine: Elderly struggle through trauma of war
When Maria and Misha’s home was destroyed by fighting, they were left homeless and terrified. Read their story and learn what we’re doing to help those most in need.
Jordan, Syria: From refugee to role model
Sami hated life in the refugee camp when he arrived. Now, two years later, he’s helping other young people shift their perspective and dream for the future.
Jordan, Syria: After despair: Sami's story
Two years ago, Sami felt alone and trapped in his new life at Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp. Now, he's turned his experience around and is helping others as a volunteer for one of Mercy Corps' youth centers.
Liberia: What happens after Ebola?
After a year of fighting Ebola, Liberia faces a rocky road towards recovery. See how we equipped 2 million people with lifesaving information, and what we’re doing next to help people recover.
Yemen: In the news: Violence and uncertainty in Sana'a
Mercy Corps’ Jonathan Bartolozzi spoke with National Public Radio about recent bombings in the Yemeni capital, and how it affects humanitarian aid in the country.
Vanuatu assessment update after Cyclone Pam
Our team of emergency responders determined urgent needs are being met, and that our expertise will have more impact in other crisis-affected countries.
Ukraine: Mercy Corps begins emergency response in Luhansk
More than a million people are displaced and struggling to meet their basic needs in eastern Ukraine. Find out how we’re taking action.
Jordan, Syria: Beyond water: New solutions in one of the driest countries
Change begins with clean water. See how we're repairing Jordan's aging water system to bring more of the vital resource to citizens and Syrian refugees.
Q+A: Deploying to Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam
Emergency response team leader Mark Ferdig discusses how the team has prepared and will assess survivors’ urgent needs in the wake of the disastrous storm.
Assessing survivors' needs after Cyclone Pam hits Vanuatu
Our emergency responders are heading to the most remote islands of Vanuatu to evaluate access to clean water, food and shelter after the category 5 storm ravaged the Pacific Island nation.