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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Haiti: Isaac update: Safety nets working in storm's wake August 30, 2012
As we've watched what became Hurricane Isaac batter the U.S. Gulf coast, the importance of a strengthened infrastructure and emergency plan — what we in the development world call "resilience-building" or "disaster risk reduction" — is incredibly clear. And close to home for many.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Syria's refugee tide: Children at the heart of our mission August 28, 2012
Mercy Corps was founded over three decades ago to help Cambodia’s huge flow of beleaguered refugees, following the infamous “Killing Fields” slaughter. In fact, we were then called Save the Refugees Fund.
Lebanon, Syria: Making progress to comfort more Syrian kids August 28, 2012
Yesterday held some big developments for Mercy Corps' new efforts to support Syrian refugees flooding into Lebanon.
Haiti: Assessing needs in Isaac's wake August 25, 2012
Tropical Storm Isaac hit Haiti early Saturday with torrential rains and high winds. Mercy Corps is assessing humanitarian needs in St. Marc and Arcahaie as a result of the storm, and coordinating with other agencies and local authorities on a possible response.
Mali, Niger: What you want to know about the Sahel hunger crisis August 16, 2012
The hunger crisis in the Sahel is not an immediate emergency that gets splashed across the evening news. Instead, the tragic circumstances of drought and failed harvests have been building since the beginning of the year.
Lebanon, Syria: Syrians take refuge in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley August 6, 2012
I recently returned from two days of visiting dozens of Syrian refugees in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley to assess their needs and figure out how Mercy Corps can help. More than 35,000 Syrians have already registered as refugees in Lebanon, according to the UN refugee agency.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Aiding Syrian refugees August 3, 2012
As fighting intensifies and thousands of Syrians flee their country for the relative safety of neighbors like Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey, Mercy Corps is meeting important humanitarian needs of Syrian refugees.
Ethiopia: One year later, helping children survive in the Horn of Africa July 25, 2012
You might hear it called a “slow onset” emergency because, unlike the sudden strike of an earthquake, drought builds gradually. But don’t bother telling that to the mothers whose children are hanging on by a thread; slow isn’t the word they would choose. Grueling, they might say. Nerve-wracking.
Niger: Feeding families in the Sahel July 12, 2012
As the hunger crisis continues to worsen across the Sahel, even emergency food for malnourished children is not going far enough.
South Sudan: A new nation's first birthday July 10, 2012
Currently working with the Mercy Corps team in South Sudan, I had the honor of being present yesterday as residents celebrated the first year anniversary of their nation's independence.