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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Philippines: One year after Typhoon Haiyan: Progress report
From emergency relief to economic support, how families in the Philippines are recovering and building a stronger future.
Philippines: Clean water for Baby Yolee's first birthday
Yolee was born just hours before Typhoon Haiyan destroyed her family's home. Today, they're celebrating progress with a new source of clean water.
Lebanon, Syria: In crowded Lebanon, Syrian refugees are forced to shelter in unlikely places
Lebanon is the smallest country crowded with the largest number of Syrian refugees. We're helping families prepare for winter in the abandoned buildings they've found to call home.
South Sudan: Renewed fighting threatens humanitarian efforts
As the rainy season ends, violence is picking up again in South Sudan's ten-month conflict. How our staff worked to continue relief efforts when fighting erupted in Bentiu last week.
Iraq, Syria: Syrian families from Kobane find safety in Iraq
After a month of fighting, many families from the besieged Syrian town have journeyed more than 500 miles to Iraq. We're helping newly arrived refugees and preparing displaced families for winter.
South Sudan: The story of Ganyiel: A safe hiding place
The village of Ganyiel is one of few safe places in war-torn South Sudan. Get a glimpse of what life is like for people who’ve sought refuge there.
Liberia: Ebola response: Mobilizing communities to stop the spread
Mercy Corps is launching a massive public education campaign to help contain the Ebola outbreak. How we’ll equip 2 million people to prevent transmission.
India: In the field helping families stranded by Kashmir floods
Stagnant floodwaters still haven't receded and are creating risks for people who can't return home. How we're reaching families like Fatima’s with supplies.
West Bank and Gaza: Families struggle to rebuild
The fighting in Gaza has subsided, but the story is far from over. For families who've lost their homes and livelihoods, recovery is not easy.
South Sudan: Voices from Juba
What do displaced people in Juba have to say about the humanitarian crisis? See photos and hear about their experiences and hopes for a better future.