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 site. Learn more about our ongoing response to the Syrian refugee crisis ▸
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Haiti: Video: Getting safe drinking water to Haiti January 17, 2010
Scarcity of safe drinking water is one of the largest challenges in post-earthquake Haiti. Through a partnership with the water treatment and transport leader ITT, we're getting five water-filtration devices to supply as many as 25,000 people with clean water.
Haiti: Assessing Haiti's precarious water situation January 17, 2010
Today I am out visiting spontaneous camps of families displaced from their homes to determine their water situation — how much they're getting, where they're getting it, etc. — info that will be used to design our relief effort.
Haiti: The scene in Port-au-Prince January 17, 2010
Communications and access are extremely limited after any earthquake, and this one is no exception. Text messaging is the most reliable form of communication, and we’ve been able to connect with a few people that way.
Haiti: Dispatch from the Port-au-Prince airport January 16, 2010
Greetings from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Richard and I arrived here late Friday night, about 2am (Saturday, really).
Haiti: Why it's better to donate cash than canned goods January 15, 2010
Haiti: Mercy Corps and Haiti get the "Colbert Bump" January 15, 2010
Haiti: We met our Nike challenge! January 15, 2010
Yesterday, Nike generously offered us $25,000 to match donations to our Haiti Earthquake Fund. We met this match in record time — thanks to all who contributed!
Haiti: Getting water to survivors January 15, 2010
Haiti: What magic is all about January 14, 2010
I’m sitting here — way after regular working hours would have ended on a Thursday — typing away on my laptop, trying to help raise money for the Haiti earthquake response.
Haiti: Lighting a candle for Haiti January 14, 2010
The crowd grew. Candles lit children's faces. A Haitian-American woman stood up and started to to talk about the earthquake. She lamented that she had not been able to contact her family and had no idea if any of them were alive. She choked up, and couldn’t continue as grief overwhelmed her.