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 nearly 4 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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Pakistan: A long way home
I should have explained, but I didn’t. Phagal, thankfully, didn’t need an explanation.
Indonesia: Recognition for our programs in West Sumatra
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Campaigning is starting to get underway in Haiti, two months before the Presidential election scheduled on November 28.
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Pakistan: Biking to Bollywood
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Six months have passed since the 8.8 earthquake and tsunami that flattened a large swath of central and southern Chile in February.
Haiti: A psychologist's perspective on Port-au-Prince
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Pakistan: How we'll restore hope in Pakistan
In a few days time, Muslims in Pakistan will celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of Ramadan. Millions will this typically festive occasion in tents far from home, in very hot, humid and unforgiving conditions.