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 team up with communities 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, 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 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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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.
"Now I know what to do if it happens again" June 3, 2010
It’s been a marathon of logistics and preparations, but we are now bringing our tailored-for-Chile version of Mercy Corps workshops to some 800 boys and girls in the towns of Talcahuano, Penco, Coronel, Hualpén, San Pedro de la Paz
Haiti: What we're doing in Haiti June 2, 2010
Indonesia: A heart work journey June 2, 2010
Four and a half years ago today, I started my journey of the heart work. Yes, a heart work, because this work was really special to me.
Guatemala: After the storm: Assessing post-Agatha needs in Guatemala June 1, 2010
Mercy Corps’ team in Guatemala is assessing the damage inflicted by Tropical Storm Agatha over the weekend.
Haiti: The art of youth development June 1, 2010
I came to Haiti as someone who believes in seeing challenges — such as a conflict or natural disaster — as opportunities to identify and leverage large-scale social transformation.
Haiti: Encouraging small business in Haiti June 1, 2010
Although I've sort of always known that one day I would come to work in Haiti, January 12 made me realize that the time was now.
Haiti: In the lakou, under a mango tree May 27, 2010
Outside of the town of Mirebalais, in Haiti's Central Plateau, we visit the small community of Sarazin. We are here to do a community mobilization — the first step in engaging a community in a cash-for-work project.