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 sight. Learn more about our ongoing response to the Syrian refugee crisis ▸
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Haiti: Struggling with a post-earthquake birthday party February 4, 2010
Haiti: Connecting our team in Haiti February 4, 2010
Haiti: What I brought back from Haiti February 3, 2010
I returned from Haiti over the weekend and now — days later — sit here thinking about what I experienced there. It was the worst disaster I’ve ever seen. It was the hardest place I’ve ever traveled; nowhere else even comes close.
Haiti: The hot, hard work of helping Haiti February 3, 2010
Today was a flurry of activity, and I got to visit a variety of Mercy Corps’ Haiti response work.
Haiti: Movie theater/pub and neighborhood grocer raise $3000 for Haiti February 3, 2010
Haiti: Video: 'Every January 12 for the next five years, take a moment for Haiti' February 3, 2010
The epic devastation in Haiti is about much more than an earthquake, Mercy Corps' President Nancy Lindborg told a crowd of supporters in New York assembled at the Action Center to End World Hunger to hear a briefing on the situation on the
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.