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: Meeting the survivors September 10, 2009
Last Friday afternoon, as half of Mercy Corps' Healthy Start team were preparing for the weekend, we were suddenly pulled into a rush meeting at the round table we share.
Indonesia: Powerful earthquake hits Indonesia September 2, 2009
Earlier today, a major earthquake registering 7.0 on the Richter scale struck the Indonesian island of Java.
Niger: Climate change and Niger August 31, 2009
Global warming is not only causing already-meager water supplies in the West African nation of Niger to dry up — it's also driving young men from drought-stricken rural areas in search of work to provide for their families.
Indonesia: More happiness and laughter August 10, 2009
Indonesia: Today is sweet August 8, 2009
When we were flying in over the blue sea waves lapping the shores of Banda Aceh earlier today, I thought, “This is where it happened.” I imagined the water pulling back from the shore with a horrific sucking sound before the sea hurled itself miles ashore.
Indonesia: Memories and departure July 31, 2009
The first time that Indonesia really came into my consciousness was the early morning of December 26, 2004. Almost five years later, I'm a half-hour from boarding a series of flights that will — a day and a half from now — bring me to Jakarta, Indonesia's capital and largest city.
Pakistan: Generosity and play in the hardest of times July 30, 2009
Here in the Pakistani city of Mardan, displaced families are starting to move home after nearly three months sweltering in the hot tents of makeshift camps.
Pakistan: Life returns to Pakistan's Swat Valley July 29, 2009
Swat is often called the Switzerland of Pakistan, and yesterday I had a chance to see why.
West Bank and Gaza: What We’re Doing in Gaza July 23, 2009
Since the Jan. 18 ceasefire, some humanitarian goods and workers have entered Gaza. Hospitals and power plants are functioning at reduced levels, but basic needs — including food, shelter and access to clean water and sanitation — remain at critical levels.
Poor countries see little relief from food crisis July 22, 2009
Thirty countries still need outside food aid, according to the latest report from the UN's food agency: