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 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.
We're also working to support nearly two million people affected by the crisis in Syria, a long-term humanitarian disaster with no end in site. Learn more about our ongoing response to the Syrian refugee crisis ▸
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Haiti: Second graders rally around Haitian classmate February 10, 2010
Shania Dormezil, a second grader at Sacramento Elementary, was born here in the United States. Her sister, fourth grader Fabiola, was about three years old when the family immigrated from Haiti, and her brother, fifth grader Kevin, was about four.
Haiti: Drawing up plans February 10, 2010
After working on interviews and gathering stories about our Comfort for Kids program, I learned that some of our team was headed out to see our new office and some of the neighborhoods around it, all of which were greatly damaged in the quake.
West Bank and Gaza: Mercy Corps continues humanitarian assistance in Gaza February 10, 2010
Failing Gaza: No rebuilding, no recovery, no more excuses is the title of the latest report on Gaza, one year after Operation Cast Lead, the three-month military conflict between Israel and Hamas.
Haiti: Supporting Haiti's children February 9, 2010
Haiti: It’s Devin’s birthday….but Haiti gets the presents February 9, 2010
Devin Greene is just 7 years old, but the first-grader at Ainsworth Elementary School in Portland, Oregon, knew exactly what he wanted for his birthday: lots of presents — for Haiti.
Haiti: Making the most of what we can get February 9, 2010
We're fortunate to have access to lots of low-end electronic equipment here in Haiti. Buildings aren't widely equipped with network cables, so wireless is key to making things work.
Haiti: Meeting with Haiti's First Lady February 8, 2010
Haiti: Watching Jet Li in Haiti February 7, 2010
The small town of Mirebalais has been overrun by 16,000 people who fled Port-au-Prince, one hour to the south, after the January 12 earthquake. This out-migration has more than doubled the size of Mirebalais, further straining the resources of an already dirt-poor town.
Haiti: Displaced and uncertain February 7, 2010
One million people are displaced by the earthquake. There are tent encampments throughout the city. In fact, now every open space is now filled with tents — most often just plastic or sheets on poles.
Haiti: In Haiti, organization is everything February 6, 2010
I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve always been a community mobilization skeptic.