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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Jordan, Syria: Winter for Ibrahim: Helping refugee kids stay warm in Zaatari December 23, 2013
His mother thought they'd be able to return to Syria by now. How does a family survive winter without the basics of home?
Jordan, Syria: Preparing refugee families for a harsh winter December 20, 2013
On a visit to deliver supplies to refugees outside camps, it's clear that blankets and heaters are just the beginning of what warms a home.
Lebanon, Syria: Severe storm and freezing temperatures stress refugees' urgent winter needs December 18, 2013
We're providing clothing and heating supplies to Syrian families who fled to Lebanon with nothing to prepare them for harsh winter conditions.
West Bank and Gaza: Helping thousands stranded by widespread flooding December 16, 2013
We're distributing blankets, mattresses, jackets and supplies to families forced from their homes and facing an acute energy shortage in the Gaza Strip.
Philippines: Families begin to move forward after Typhoon Haiyan December 11, 2013
A month after natural disaster ravaged the Philippines, reconstruction kit distributions help families start to rebuild their homes — and their lives.
Philippines: Addressing children's needs during relief efforts December 5, 2013
New safe spaces give kids a place to play and find support while we help their parents rebuild after Typhoon Haiyan.
Philippines: Reflections on helping typhoon survivors in Tacloban December 4, 2013
Emergency Program Manager Dewi Hanifah traveled to Tacloban in the first days after Typhoon Haiyan. Read about her experiences delivering aid in the aftermath of the disaster.
Philippines: The most trusted woman on the island November 29, 2013
From survivor to leader — Sara Godon's determination to help her neighbors is an example of the resilience our teams are witnessing in the Philippines.
Philippines: Locally-sourced relief supplies help families start recovery November 26, 2013
Our logistics staff is working with Filipino suppliers to rush relief to survivors more quickly — and help the local economy bounce back.
Iraq, Syria: Expanding support for Syrian refugees in Iraq November 25, 2013
The number of Syrians fleeing to Iraq tripled in the last year. We've mobilized to help refugees prepare for winter and find work to support their families.