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 and then teams up with them to build back stronger.
We have responded to almost every global natural disaster in the last 20 years, including Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Japan tsunami, the Haiti earthquake, the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa, and the Indian Ocean tsunami.
Our seasoned emergency responders work through conflict in Gaza and are on the ground in Ukraine, 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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Philippines: Casimira's story: Building a stronger future after Haiyan
How we're helping families like the Asidtos get the tools they need to rebuild their lives now and for years to come.
Philippines: 6 months after Haiyan: Banking on recovery
See what recovery looks like since the historic typhoon devastated 16 million people in the Philippines last November.
Philippines: Smart design speeds recovery for Haiyan survivors
Our partnership with IDEO.org and BanKO will create new financial products for families in the Philippines who have never had access to a bank.
South Sudan: 9 signs of humanitarian catastrophe we can't ignore
Brutal violence and increasing displacement have created massive needs. Our Country Director reports on why this crisis needs action now.
South Sudan: Photos: Families fleeing violence now face food shortages
Those seeking refuge from fighting in Bentiu have resorted to eating roots and water lilies to survive. Photographer Jacob Zocherman documented conditions last week.
China: Progress report: Rebuilding communities one year after quake
One year after an earthquake devastated rural China, we're looking back on the recovery effort and looking ahead toward long-term rebuilding.
Central African Republic: Rainy season heightens risk of disease
New photos from the Central African Republic, where we're addressing urgent water and sanitation needs for displaced families facing squalid living conditions.
Lebanon, Syria: In the news: The cost of war on Syrian refugee children
On public radio's "On Point," Mercy Corps joins diplomatic officials and other regional experts to discuss the impact of the Syria crisis on the youngest victims.
Jordan, Syria: Getting Syria's most vulnerable children to school
Children with disabilities can easily fall through the cracks during the upheaval of war. We're making sure kids like Hayam have their needs met to continue their education as refugees.
Jordan, Syria: Life as a refugee: Spend the day with Nour
From dawn to dusk, every hour with Nour, 13, and her family in Zaatari refugee camp shows the hardships millions of Syrians endure every day, three years since the war began — and the occasional joys they hang on to far from home.