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 site. Learn more about our ongoing response to the Syrian refugee crisis ▸
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Indonesia: Disaster risk reduction in Padang — not just earthquakes October 6, 2009
Flying in to Padang to help our team with earthquake response, an aerial view makes it clear that earthquakes are not the only problem people have to deal with now or anticipate in the future.
Indonesia: Excited to help October 5, 2009
I finally arrived in Padang four days after the earthquake struck the western part of Sumatra Island. I've lived in a few parts of Indonesia, yet have never been here before. However, I always wished to visit this place to enjoy its natural beauty and tourist hospitality.
Indonesia: A village prepares — and survives October 5, 2009
When a massive earthquake hit the West Sumatran village of Mangopo last week, Zulkifli didn’t panic. Instead, he remembered the disaster preparedness training that he'd received from Mercy Corps and its local partner — and that made all the difference when the quake struck.
Indonesia: When it rains... October 5, 2009
It’s been raining since last night in West Sumatra, sometimes heavily.
Indonesia: Sometimes more than meets the eye October 4, 2009
Zimbabwe: A chance for the people of Zimbabwe October 2, 2009
Indonesia: What else I'm seeing in Padang October 2, 2009
Driving around the city of Padang, you can almost forget the enormity of the disaster that's happened here, until you turn a corner and see a building-sized pile of rubble, or a roof touching the ground or — worst of all — a building that has crumbled inward, possibly trapping people inside.
Indonesia: Update on our Sumatra earthquake response October 2, 2009
I'm on the ground in Padang, a city of 900,000 people that was hard-hit by the earthquake that struck Sumatra on Wednesday.
Indonesia: Beginning the response October 1, 2009
Today is an intense day for the Mercy Corps team in Padang, with more team members arriving and emergency assessments of affected areas underway.
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.