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 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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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.
West Bank and Gaza: Helping Gaza's children lead ‘normal’ lives again
China: Struggles in Qinghai — notes from the earthquake zone
Today is the fourth day since the devastating 7.1 Qinghai Earthquake took so many lives, livelihoods and homes. I was anxious to get out to Qinghai.
Three-day training session in Chile brings mentors on board
The Educacion Popular en Salud (EPES, Mercy Corps' local partner) Center is humming with activity.
Indonesia: Change starts here!
Dispatch from Hualpén, Chile
People are still living in tents 48 days after the earthquake in Chile. Fish is a source of income in Talcahuano, and many people lost their homes and they can’t go back to the sea for fishing. Boats are still in the main street — the tsunami destroyed their dreams.