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 protect 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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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.
Indonesia: A woman's touch December 23, 2009
In the aftermath of the Indian Ocean Tsunami five years ago, the once-bustling village of Klieng Meuriah — like hundreds of villages in Indonesia’s Aceh province — was gone. Its buildings were shattered, its homes reduced to rubble and belongings washed away.
Indonesia: Helping Padang's families build back better December 20, 2009
China: Helping inform policy in China December 17, 2009
Tomorrow, I will be representing Mercy Corps China at the National Post-disaster Psychosocial Response Plan Review Seminar, organized by School of Social Development and Public Policy (SSDPP) at Beijing Normal University.
Indonesia: Panic in my neighborhood November 23, 2009
It was Sunday, September 27, 2009 and I was rather sad. That morning, my family and I intended to visit some of our extended family in another city, but our car stalled.