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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China: Two thousand hygiene kits unloaded in Yushu April 28, 2010
The truck full of 2,000 hygiene kits — covered with dust and mud — at last arrived in Yushu on the evening of April 26. Their journey from Chengdu, the capital of neighboring Sichuan Province, totaled 1,200 kilometers and 50 hours.
China: Hope and hygiene kits for China’s Qinghai quake zone April 26, 2010
Hope is the word that comes to mind now when I see Yushu County, the heaviest hit area from the April 14th tremor in Qinghai Province.
DR Congo: In Congo, saving trees and lives April 23, 2010
Last November and December I was working with Mercy Corps in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). I had the chance to make a photo essay on our work that the BBC is featuring on their website.
China: Tears in Yushu – Chinese mourn one week after the earthquake April 23, 2010
At 10:00 a.m. on April 21st, just as the snow began to fall, Yushu County was crying.
China: Distributing food supplies in the quake zone April 22, 2010
It was a big day today. I helped our local partner with two of their emergency distributions. The heavy road traffic last night forced us to postpone the first distribution until this morning.
China: Helping local organizations respond as best they can April 21, 2010
Yushu County is normally a picturesque area, located in the eastern part of the Tibetan Plateau, about 3,800 meters above sea level. However, it is also one of China’s nationally recognized “poverty counties,” and the horrific earthquake last week almost totally destroyed this beautiful little corner of the Tibetan region.
West Bank and Gaza: Helping Gaza's children lead ‘normal’ lives again April 21, 2010
China: Struggles in Qinghai — notes from the earthquake zone April 20, 2010
Today is the fourth day since the devastating 7.1 Qinghai Earthquake took so many lives, livelihoods and homes. I was anxious to get out to Qinghai.
Three-day training session in Chile brings mentors on board April 20, 2010
The Educacion Popular en Salud (EPES, Mercy Corps' local partner) Center is humming with activity.
Indonesia: Change starts here! April 19, 2010