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 team up with communities to build back stronger.
We have responded to almost every global natural disaster in the last 20 years, including Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Japan tsunami, the Haiti earthquake, 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 Iraq, South Sudan and the Central African Republic distributing critical supplies and protecting families uprooted by ongoing violence.
We're also working to support 2.5 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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Haiti: Back to normal, sort of
Here in Portland, it's sunny and warm for February. Camellias are in bloom, and lots of little flowers and bushes are budding out with new leaves.
Haiti: The Haitian Mr. Bean
This is Joseph Moїse. He’s 34 years old and a native of Pétionville. Before the earthquake he was a teacher and now he’s a cash-for-work participant with Mercy Corps — but what he really wants to do is direct.
Haiti: Video: Cleaning up Petionville, Haiti
Here's a video from my visit to one of Mercy Corps' cash-for-work sites today.
Haiti: Their teacher went to Haiti…and now they want to help
Sara Logue was a high school student when she visited Haiti in 2003. Now a fifth grade teacher at Tom McCall Upper Elementary School in Forest Grove, Oregon, she’s making sure her students are connected with the world beyond the walls of the school.
Haiti: Beginning again with hope and faith
Haiti: A study in contrasts
In many ways, Haiti is a study in contrasts. Here in Petionville, houses lay in ruins while directly next door a brightly painted Yamaha dealership sits undamaged. Amid concrete rubble and twisted rebar, children run and play and smile.
Haiti: Haiti earthquake teaches third-graders what wealth means
Haiti: Working together to help Haiti's children
Haiti: Second graders rally around Haitian classmate
Shania Dormezil, a second grader at Sacramento Elementary, was born here in the United States. Her sister, fourth grader Fabiola, was about three years old when the family immigrated from Haiti, and her brother, fifth grader Kevin, was about four.
Haiti: Drawing up plans
After working on interviews and gathering stories about our Comfort for Kids program, I learned that some of our team was headed out to see our new office and some of the neighborhoods around it, all of which were greatly damaged in the quake.