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 natural 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.
Our seasoned emergency responders worked through the recent 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: Donors hear live updates from team in Port-au-Prince and Washington, D.C. January 29, 2010
Haiti: Surveying needs outside Port-au-Prince January 28, 2010
There's been a massive outward migration from Port-au-Prince to the rural areas. I'm texting this blog entry from the countryside now, where I'm with Bill Holbrook, our country director, and Diane Johnson, our global economic development czar.
Haiti: Sous les belles étoiles January 27, 2010
Today, I heard one of the most beautiful and most heartbreaking things of my life. It’s something I’ll always carry with me — and perhaps the one phrase I’ll attach to my time in Haiti.
Haiti: Big band aids, big heart January 27, 2010
Amiri Horn could well be the youngest fundraiser in Mercy Corps’ history. Just three and a half, he saw the devastation in Haiti on the news and knew right away he wanted to help.
Haiti: Comforting kids in Haiti January 27, 2010
Trying to get to Port-Au-Prince is no easy task. After being bumped and having another flight cancelled from Santo Domingo, I finally made it to ground zero, albeit a day later than planned. My concerns and trepidation about what I would encounter were validated as soon as I landed.
Haiti: Rubble, lines and food January 27, 2010
Two weeks after the earthquake, the streets of Port-au-Prince are filled with rubble, lines and food. All of these things are related.
Haiti: Lessons from Haiti January 26, 2010
Yesterday I left Port-au-Prince after spending a few days with the Mercy Corps team. My next stop is a world away: The World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. The two places couldn’t be more different, but even in Davos, Haiti is front-and-center in people’s minds.
Haiti: Fundraiser of the day: Big-A** Sandwich Shop January 26, 2010
Editor's note: This is the first of a occasional series of short stories about inspiring and colorful donor contributions, efforts and events -- both here in the Pacific Northwest and across the country.
Haiti: The latest on our response January 25, 2010
Here's the latest update on our work in Haiti: Water and sanitation assessments continue in various badly affected neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince. Sanitation, including in the General Hospital, appears to be a particularly pressing and neglected need.
Haiti: Getting it done despite bureaucracy and traffic January 25, 2010
Sometimes you just have to try harder. And sometimes, it still doesn't turn out how you wanted it to.