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 nearly 4 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: By boat to the tsunami-stricken Mentawai Islands
A sign of land, finally. I've been on the boat since I'm not quite sure when; I've lost track of days. I just remember that last Wednesday morning, Sean — our country director — ordered me to go to the tsunami-affected Mentawai Islands in West Sumatera...by boat.
Indonesia: Helping ease the shock of disasters
Again it has been a shocking day for me. I was monitoring the updates from the recent disasters of emergency responses and related news.
Haiti: Moving Forward through sports in Haiti
Guivens Cemervil (at the head of the table) trains local youth workers in the Moving Forward sports program in Port-au-Prince in July. Mercy Corps has trained 55 mentors from 23 local organizations to hold their own sports programs for six months.
Haiti: Getting the word out on cholera
For the last two days I've been out with Mercy Corps' Haiti team, which has been visiting communities in both Port-au-Prince and the Center Department to ensure they have the information they need about cholera: how to prevent it and treat it.
Indonesia: 199,000 tons of TNT
Indonesia: Responding to Indonesia's latest tsunami
Today was a busy day spent doing logistics for our emergency response to the tsunami that just hit Indonesia's Mentawai Islands. Almost 300 people have died, more than 400 are missing and estimates are that at least 4,000 people are displaced.
Indonesia: The reality of living on Indonesia's ring of fire
Today has been a sad day for me. I found out from the news that my old playing and hiking place — Mount Merapi in Jogjakarta, Indonesia — is completely devastated by wedus gembel (burning clouds) and volcanic ashes.
Haiti: A new Haiti emergency: Cholera
I arrived to Haiti last week in time to see another emergency unfold: people dying with symptoms that pointed to cholera — diarrhea and vomiting leading to severe dehydration.
Indonesia: Mercy Corps billboards are stopping traffic
“You've got to see this,” said Erynn Carter —who heads up Mercy Corps’ projects in West Sumatra — yesterday when I arrived in Padang. “Our new disaster billboards went up last night, and there was a huge traffic jam this morning at rush hour because so many people stopped to look at them!”
Finding cost-effective strategies to prepare for and combat natural hazards
Today is the International Day for Disaster Reduction, a day especially designated to promote a global culture of natural disaster risk reduction.