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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Where her house once stood October 7, 2009
On September 29, a tsunami hit the southeast coast of Samoa. More than a hundred and forty people were killed — for a population of only 185,000 people, that is devastating.
Indonesia: Three countries, seven cities, one call October 6, 2009
Especially during the first several days in the aftermath of an disaster, a diverse group of Mercy Corps staff comes together for phone conferences to coordinate and discuss what's happening on the ground.
Indonesia: How can you help earthquake survivors? October 6, 2009
Today I visited Ulakan village for the second time and, again, I saw many worried faces among the survivors in earthquake-affected communities. Tents fashioned from tarpaulins and plastic bags are still standing in front of their houses, makeshift homes for entire families.
Indonesia: Searching for answers in Padang October 6, 2009
I feel like my heart stopped for seconds when I watched the news on TV that afternoon. Once again, Padang had been shaken by a massive earthquake. And this time it was really destructive.
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