Life can change for millions of families in an instant: natural disasters can 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 and Indian Ocean tsunami.
Right now, our seasoned emergency responders are on the ground in the Philippines working to rush critical supplies to survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan. The most pressing needs are clean water, sanitation, temporary shelter and food.
We're also working to support nearly two million people affected by the crisis in Syria. This is a long-term humanitarian disaster with no end in site; we are committed to helping Syrian refugees and their host communities in Jordan and Lebanon, providing clean water, household supplies, improved shelter and support for children to heal from trauma.
All stories about Emergency response
Haiti: How you can best help Haiti's earthquake survivors January 13, 2010
We want to thank everyone for the incredible outpouring of support and offers to deploy and help out with the emergency relief effort. We appreciate your willingness to lend a hand!
Haiti: Scrambling to help Haiti January 12, 2010
I've been on the phone for most of the last three hours figuring out the best way we can respond to the news in Haiti.
Indonesia: December 26th December 29, 2009
Indonesia: Five years of hard work, together December 23, 2009
My name is Nurhayati. I'm 52 years old, and I live in the village of Rima Jeunue, Indonesia. Five years ago, my life changed forever. Five years ago, Mercy Corps helped me begin to reclaim what I'd lost.
Indonesia: A woman's touch December 23, 2009
In the aftermath of the Indian Ocean Tsunami five years ago, the once-bustling village of Klieng Meuriah — like hundreds of villages in Indonesia’s Aceh province — was gone. Its buildings were shattered, its homes reduced to rubble and belongings washed away.
Indonesia: Helping Padang's families build back better December 20, 2009
China: Helping inform policy in China December 17, 2009
Tomorrow, I will be representing Mercy Corps China at the National Post-disaster Psychosocial Response Plan Review Seminar, organized by School of Social Development and Public Policy (SSDPP) at Beijing Normal University.
Indonesia: Panic in my neighborhood November 23, 2009
It was Sunday, September 27, 2009 and I was rather sad. That morning, my family and I intended to visit some of our extended family in another city, but our car stalled.
Honored to be back among a people I love November 4, 2009
It had been 33 years since I had lived there. When I heard that an earthquake and resulting tsunami had struck the Samoa Islands on September 29, I was taken back to a time when I had lived among the Samoan people as a young missionary.
Cash-for-work begins in Samoan villages October 27, 2009