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 teams up with them to build back stronger.
We have responded to almost every global natural disaster in the last 20 years, including the Nepal earthquake, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Japan tsunami, the Haiti earthquake, the 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 Ukraine, 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: Padang: seven months after the earthquake
“Now I know what to do when an earthquake strikes. I will hide under a table,” said Nisa, a third grader at Coroco elementary school, Pesisir Selatan district, West Sumatra after joining a Mercy Corps earthquake and tsunami awareness session.
Haiti: A meeting of leaders for recovery in Haiti
Last week Mercy Corps hosted the Haitian Minister of Tourism, Patrick Delatour, in Washington, DC to spur thinking about how the government, private sector and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) can work together to promote recovery in Haiti.
China: Not one missed
A coupon is a simple piece of paper, but a popular way for customers to exchange something in return for a product or service. Here in Yushu, coupons are helping us a lot in our work by reducing the risk of unfair distribution.
Nepal: Making Disaster Risk Reduction a reality
China: Two thousand hygiene kits unloaded in Yushu
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
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
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
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
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
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.