Life can change for millions of families in an instant: natural disasters can 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 disaster in the last 20 years, including the Japan tsunami, Haiti earthquake, hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa and Indian Ocean tsunami.
Right now, our seasoned emergency responders are on the ground in the Philippines working to rush critical supplies to survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan. The most pressing needs are clean water, sanitation, temporary shelter and food.
We're also working to support nearly two million people affected by the crisis in Syria. This is a long-term humanitarian disaster with no end in site; we are committed to helping Syrian refugees and their host communities in Jordan and Lebanon, providing clean water, household supplies, improved shelter and support for children to heal from trauma.
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Indonesia: Staff in Padang is safe October 1, 2009
We'd mentioned in a couple of blog entries that, because of telecommunications outages in the earthquake zone, we hadn't yet heard from our staff in the devastated city of Padang.
Indonesia: Arrival in Padang October 1, 2009
Because of many delays, my flight from Jakarta arrived at Padang’s damaged airport at night, less than 30 hours after the devastating 7.6-magnitude earthquake that shook the city.
Indonesia: Be prepared October 1, 2009
The key to responding quickly to any emergency is being prepared. With people on the ground and plans already in place, Mercy Corps is leading an international team of non-governmental organizations as we all respond to the two recent earthquakes in Sumatra, Indonesia.
Indonesia: Another earthquake hits Sumatra October 1, 2009
Early Thursday morning — shortly before nine o'clock local time — another major earthquake shook the cities and villages of western Sumatra.
Indonesia: The Big Map September 30, 2009
At 5:16 P.M. (Indonesian time) on September 30, a 7.6 earthquake hit off the coast of Sumatra. By 2:40 P.M. Portland time, reporter Pat Dooris from KGW-TV in Portland, Oregon had showed up to interview Paul Jeffery, our Senior Program Manager for Southeast Asia.
Indonesia: Major earthquake strikes western Sumatra September 30, 2009
A powerful earthquake struck western Indonesia today, collapsing buildings and causing landslides in coastal areas, especially Padang — a city of 900,000 people.
Indonesia: Before the fire September 27, 2009
Before the fire, neighborhood 12 of Penjaringan — a poor slum in the north of Jakarta — was vibrant and bustling with activity.
Indonesia: Helping Survivors on Earthquake-Rattled Java September 22, 2009
In the aftermath of a major earthquake that struck the Indonesian island of Java and killed at least 64 people has assessed needs and is delivering aid to survivors.
Niger: Devastating Floods Sweep Niger September 16, 2009
Mercy Corps is sending an emergency response team to meet the critical needs of families in areas of Niger affected by recent torrential rain and catastrophic flooding.
Uganda: Forgiveness September 14, 2009