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 natural 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.
Our seasoned emergency responders worked through the recent conflict in Gaza and are on the ground in Iraq, South Sudan and the Central African Republic distributing critical supplies and protecting families uprooted by ongoing violence.
We're also working to support 2.5 million people affected by the crisis in Syria, a long-term refugee crisis and humanitarian disaster with no end in sight. Learn more about our ongoing response to the Syrian crisis ▸
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Haiti: Emergency food aid delivery to Port-au-Prince's General Hospital (8 photos) January 21, 2010
Today we delivered three days' worth of high-protein biscuits to 300 patients and their family members.
Haiti: Healing the emotional wounds of Haiti's children January 21, 2010
Haiti: Thursday morning in Santo Domingo January 21, 2010
Red-eye travel is onerous in most any circumstance. On my way to Haiti, I almost did it two nights in a row. And, despite a few short hours of sleep, this Thursday morning — a day and a half after I left home — feels like the continuation of one long day.
Haiti: Residents begin recovering their possessions (8 photos) January 20, 2010
Survivors of the earthquake begin to dig their personal possessions out from the rubble. Dead bodies still remain in the rubble.
Haiti: Organizing a food distribution January 20, 2010
I’m exhausted tonight – but triumphant! After running around all day between the general hospital and the UN compound, we’ve succeeded in organizing a distribution of food to the hospital’s patients and their families Wednesday morning.
Haiti: Helping Haiti's kids cope January 19, 2010
Watching news coverage and listening to our team on the ground in Port-au-Prince, one heartbreaking fact keeps jumping out at me: Children are at the center of tragedy again.
Haiti: A conversation with Bill Holbrook January 19, 2010
I spoke this afternoon with Bill Holbrook, Mercy Corps' newly appointed country director for Haiti, who leaves tomorrow for Haiti from his home in Maryland. He'll work in conjunction with our growing emergency-response team, which has been in country for nearly a week.
Haiti: On my way to Haiti January 19, 2010
Tonight, just before midnight, I will board the first flight on my way to Haiti. As most all of us have, I've seen the shocking imagery in the press and on television, so I know how it looks.
Haiti: Talking about our response on CNN January 19, 2010
Haiti: Taking shelter into their own hands January 18, 2010
As people emerge from the emotional shock of losing their homes, families along the roadside are starting to take the question of shelter into their own hands.