Life can change for millions of families in an instant: natural disasters can 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 and Indian Ocean tsunami.
Right now, our seasoned emergency responders are on the ground in the Philippines working to rush critical supplies to survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan. The most pressing needs are clean water, sanitation, temporary shelter and food.
We're also working to support nearly two million people affected by the crisis in Syria. This is a long-term humanitarian disaster with no end in site; we are committed to helping Syrian refugees and their host communities in Jordan and Lebanon, providing clean water, household supplies, improved shelter and support for children to heal from trauma.
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Haiti: Talking to NBC January 22, 2010
Yesterday I talked to NBC Nightly News correspondent Mike Taibbi about the challenges of delivering aid in post-quake Haiti. Click here to watch.
Haiti: Frustration and elation in Port-au-Prince January 22, 2010
Haiti: Thursday in Port-au-Prince January 21, 2010
News and observations from today in Port-au-Prince:
Haiti: Emergency food aid delivery to Port-au-Prince's General Hospital (8 photos) January 21, 2010
Today we delivered three days' worth of high-protein biscuits to 300 patients and their family members.
Haiti: Healing the emotional wounds of Haiti's children January 21, 2010
Haiti: Thursday morning in Santo Domingo January 21, 2010
Red-eye travel is onerous in most any circumstance. On my way to Haiti, I almost did it two nights in a row. And, despite a few short hours of sleep, this Thursday morning — a day and a half after I left home — feels like the continuation of one long day.
Haiti: Residents begin recovering their possessions (8 photos) January 20, 2010
Survivors of the earthquake begin to dig their personal possessions out from the rubble. Dead bodies still remain in the rubble.
Haiti: Organizing a food distribution January 20, 2010
I’m exhausted tonight – but triumphant! After running around all day between the general hospital and the UN compound, we’ve succeeded in organizing a distribution of food to the hospital’s patients and their families Wednesday morning.
Haiti: Helping Haiti's kids cope January 19, 2010
Watching news coverage and listening to our team on the ground in Port-au-Prince, one heartbreaking fact keeps jumping out at me: Children are at the center of tragedy again.
Haiti: A conversation with Bill Holbrook January 19, 2010
I spoke this afternoon with Bill Holbrook, Mercy Corps' newly appointed country director for Haiti, who leaves tomorrow for Haiti from his home in Maryland. He'll work in conjunction with our growing emergency-response team, which has been in country for nearly a week.