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: Barely getting by in Port-au-Prince February 2, 2010
It seems like everyone in Haiti is selling something: bananas, flip flops, sugar cane, hub caps — you name it and it’s for sale. Street vendors are ubiquitous. They line the streets and cover almost every square inch of open space in shantytowns and camps.
Haiti: Keeping connected February 2, 2010
I arrived in Haiti yesterday to help our field teams with their IT challenges so they can better deliver aid and recovery programs.
Haiti: Video: Three videos from food delivery to a Haitian hospital February 2, 2010
Haiti: Five-year-old gives up his secret stash February 2, 2010
Editor's note: This is one in an occasional series of short stories about inspiring and colorful donor contributions, efforts and events — both here in the Pacific Northwest and across the country.
Haiti: A community's enthusiasm to heal their children February 1, 2010
Today was my first day in Haiti. It’s an experience to arrive here: I came on a small plane with five other aid workers, two of them were Mercy Corps colleagues.
Haiti: Donors hear live updates from team in Port-au-Prince and Washington, D.C. January 29, 2010
Haiti: Surveying needs outside Port-au-Prince January 28, 2010
There's been a massive outward migration from Port-au-Prince to the rural areas. I'm texting this blog entry from the countryside now, where I'm with Bill Holbrook, our country director, and Diane Johnson, our global economic development czar.
Haiti: Sous les belles étoiles January 27, 2010
Today, I heard one of the most beautiful and most heartbreaking things of my life. It’s something I’ll always carry with me — and perhaps the one phrase I’ll attach to my time in Haiti.
Haiti: Big band aids, big heart January 27, 2010
Amiri Horn could well be the youngest fundraiser in Mercy Corps’ history. Just three and a half, he saw the devastation in Haiti on the news and knew right away he wanted to help.
Haiti: Comforting kids in Haiti January 27, 2010
Trying to get to Port-Au-Prince is no easy task. After being bumped and having another flight cancelled from Santo Domingo, I finally made it to ground zero, albeit a day later than planned. My concerns and trepidation about what I would encounter were validated as soon as I landed.