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 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.
We're also working to support nearly two million people affected by the crisis in Syria, a long-term humanitarian disaster with no end in sight. Learn more about our ongoing response to the Syrian refugee crisis ▸
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Haiti: Lighting a candle for Haiti January 14, 2010
The crowd grew. Candles lit children's faces. A Haitian-American woman stood up and started to to talk about the earthquake. She lamented that she had not been able to contact her family and had no idea if any of them were alive. She choked up, and couldn’t continue as grief overwhelmed her.
Haiti: Meet our Haiti response team January 14, 2010
The first members of our emergency-response team are headed to the quake zone, where they'll quickly assess needs and begin delivering relief to affected families.
Haiti: Ready to lead January 14, 2010
There just aren’t that many people as qualified to lead an emergency response team as Richard Jacquot. And today, Mercy Corps is counting on him to lead our disaster relief and recovery efforts in earthquake-struck Haiti.
Haiti: Satellite images of the destruction January 14, 2010
Here are three satellite images that detail the scale of the destruction in Port-au-Prince. The images include the National Palace, Downtown Port-au-Prince and Sylvio Cator Stadium.
Indonesia: Humble heart for Haiti January 14, 2010
Haiti: Humanitarian veteran Jenny Vaughan prepares to depart for Haiti January 13, 2010
One of our Boston-based staff, Jenny Vaughan, is headed to Haiti first thing Thursday morning as part of Mercy Corps' earthquake response team. Jenny has been with Mercy Corps for two years and is currently working with our Conflict Management program.
Haiti: How you can best help Haiti's earthquake survivors January 13, 2010
We want to thank everyone for the incredible outpouring of support and offers to deploy and help out with the emergency relief effort. We appreciate your willingness to lend a hand!
Haiti: Scrambling to help Haiti January 12, 2010
I've been on the phone for most of the last three hours figuring out the best way we can respond to the news in Haiti.
Indonesia: December 26th December 29, 2009
Indonesia: Five years of hard work, together December 23, 2009
My name is Nurhayati. I'm 52 years old, and I live in the village of Rima Jeunue, Indonesia. Five years ago, my life changed forever. Five years ago, Mercy Corps helped me begin to reclaim what I'd lost.