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: 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.
Haiti: Re-imagining Haiti January 25, 2010
Myanmar. Sichuan. Katrina. Aceh. Their names conjure awful scenes of destruction. In our response to these crises, what lessons have we learned? And how should we be applying them to Haiti, the troubled nation that was perhaps the least prepared of any for tragedy on this scale?
Haiti: On CNN about our clean water, Comfort for Kids efforts January 25, 2010
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Haiti: Making sure that food gets through January 24, 2010
The world is full of possibilities. Of course, one possibility is things will go wrong.