Life can change for millions of families in an instant: natural disasters can take loved ones and the outbreak of war drive families from their homes. When the unthinkable happens, Mercy Corps delivers rapid, lifesaving aid to hard-hit communities.
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Niger: Devastating Floods Sweep Niger September 16, 2009
Mercy Corps is sending an emergency response team to meet the critical needs of families in areas of Niger affected by recent torrential rain and catastrophic flooding.
Uganda: Forgiveness September 14, 2009
West Bank and Gaza: Recognizing our common humanity through photos September 10, 2009
For two days now, we've hand-carried photo frames from Israel's border to the Gaza Strip, walking through a long silent tunnel and crossing a high cement wall. We've gotten got ten frames into Gaza for the photo exhibition; 20 more to go.
Indonesia: Meeting the survivors September 10, 2009
Last Friday afternoon, as half of Mercy Corps' Healthy Start team were preparing for the weekend, we were suddenly pulled into a rush meeting at the round table we share.
Indonesia: Powerful earthquake hits Indonesia September 2, 2009
Earlier today, a major earthquake registering 7.0 on the Richter scale struck the Indonesian island of Java.
Niger: Climate change and Niger August 31, 2009
Global warming is not only causing already-meager water supplies in the West African nation of Niger to dry up — it's also driving young men from drought-stricken rural areas in search of work to provide for their families.
Indonesia: More happiness and laughter August 10, 2009
Indonesia: Today is sweet August 8, 2009
When we were flying in over the blue sea waves lapping the shores of Banda Aceh earlier today, I thought, “This is where it happened.” I imagined the water pulling back from the shore with a horrific sucking sound before the sea hurled itself miles ashore.
Indonesia: Memories and departure July 31, 2009
The first time that Indonesia really came into my consciousness was the early morning of December 26, 2004. Almost five years later, I'm a half-hour from boarding a series of flights that will — a day and a half from now — bring me to Jakarta, Indonesia's capital and largest city.
Pakistan: Generosity and play in the hardest of times July 30, 2009
Here in the Pakistani city of Mardan, displaced families are starting to move home after nearly three months sweltering in the hot tents of makeshift camps.