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: How can we help people in Haiti? (A short presentation for elementary school kids)
Haiti: Struggling with a post-earthquake birthday party
Haiti: Connecting our team in Haiti
Haiti: What I brought back from Haiti
I returned from Haiti over the weekend and now — days later — sit here thinking about what I experienced there. It was the worst disaster I’ve ever seen. It was the hardest place I’ve ever traveled; nowhere else even comes close.
Haiti: The hot, hard work of helping Haiti
Today was a flurry of activity, and I got to visit a variety of Mercy Corps’ Haiti response work.
Haiti: Movie theater/pub and neighborhood grocer raise $3000 for Haiti
Haiti: Video: 'Every January 12 for the next five years, take a moment for Haiti'
The epic devastation in Haiti is about much more than an earthquake, Mercy Corps' President Nancy Lindborg told a crowd of supporters in New York assembled at the Action Center to End World Hunger to hear a briefing on the situation on the
Haiti: Barely getting by in Port-au-Prince
It seems like everyone in Haiti is selling something: bananas, flip flops, sugar cane, hub caps — you name it and it’s for sale. Street vendors are ubiquitous. They line the streets and cover almost every square inch of open space in shantytowns and camps.
Haiti: Keeping connected
I arrived in Haiti yesterday to help our field teams with their IT challenges so they can better deliver aid and recovery programs.
Haiti: Video: Three videos from food delivery to a Haitian hospital