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: A heart work journey
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
Mercy Corps’ team in Guatemala is assessing the damage inflicted by Tropical Storm Agatha over the weekend.
Haiti: The art of youth development
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
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
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.
Haiti: Rural scenes of Haiti's Central Plateau
Haiti: Photo of the Day: Haiti's Flag Day
May 18th is Flag Day in Haiti, a national holiday commemorating the day in 1803 when Haitians chose their flag.
Haiti: Working to address Haitians' basic needs
The camps. Today, when you hear about Haiti, the camps are probably among the first images that come to mind. For many of us, they have become the central symbol of loss and suffering in this country. Unfortunately for hundreds of thousands in Port-au-Prince, the camps are also home.
Haiti: Helping teachers and kids recover in Port-au-Prince
In the car with Sandrine and Magdala, two of our talented trainers in Comfort for Kids, our program designed to teach adults ways to help address the post-earthquake psychosocial needs of children. We’re on our way to the Delmas neighborhood of Port-au-Prince.
China: Young earthquake survivors in Qinghai start to tell their story
Sometimes it’s the intangibles that can make all the difference in healing after a disaster.