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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Kyrgyzstan: Packing the truck to Osh June 24, 2010
Our team in Bishkek sent these photos of loading a truckload of supplies headed for families in southern Kyrgyzstan. They include soap, dishware, bedding and 1,500 pounds of baby food.
Kyrgyzstan: Kompanion delivers humanitarian aid to Osh families June 22, 2010
Our microfinance company, Kompanion, released the following about its humanitarian response to the violence in southern Kyrgyzstan:
Kyrgyzstan: Organizing needs surveys in Osh, Jalalabad June 21, 2010
Mercy Corps is organizing a needs assessment in and around the southern Kyrgyzstan towns of Osh and Jalalabad, and Kyrgyz-Uzbek border areas which were badly affected by recent violence.
Kyrgyzstan: Food delivered to hospital in Osh June 17, 2010
Five tons of food and medical aid from Mercy Corps' microfinance company, Kompanion, and three other organizations were distributed to a hospital and a beleaguered neighborhood in Osh yesterday.
Kyrgyzstan: Departing for Kyrgystan June 16, 2010
Kyrgyzstan: Calm but underlying tension in Osh and Jalalabad June 15, 2010
Here's what our country director, Catherine Brown, reported today:
Guatemala: Reaching 500+ flooded-out families in Guatemala with aid June 7, 2010
Indonesia: Are YOU prepared for disaster? June 7, 2010
The usual reactions that I got from people when they hear that I’m working in Padang were not usually far from: How often do you feel an earthquake? Isn’t it dangerous to live there? How far from the beach is your office? Don’t you fear a tsunami?
Haiti: Helping Haitians survive rainy season June 4, 2010
Guatemala: Tropical Storm Agatha: Our response in Guatemala unfolds June 4, 2010
This week's Tropical Storm Agatha has left 150,000 persons displaced throughout Guatemala as a result of flooding, damage and destruction of housing, roads and bridges, and mudslides and landslides.