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 the Nepal earthquake, 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 nearly 4 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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Nepal: Subba shows us why cash is key to recovering after disaster
We’re giving earthquake-affected families money to buy the things they need right in their communities. Learn how the spending helps local shop owners like Subba get back in business, and jump-starts recovery for everyone.
Ukraine: Crossing the line to feed people in need
Last week Mercy Corps crossed into the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic to delivery urgently needed food. Learn how we made the journey to help feed families who have no other options.
Nepal: Meet the resilient Nepalis you've helped us reach
Our team delivering emergency relief across Nepal sees the strength and resilience of people first-hand. Meet some of those we’ve reached because of your support.
Nepal: Impact report: 30 days after Nepal earthquake
Your compassionate support helped us reach more than 43,000 people with emergency relief supplies in the 30 days since Nepal's devastating earthquake. Learn more about how we've helped people survive and begin to recover.
Nepal: Where do families go when their village is in ruins?
In a small village outside of Kirtipur, 17 families now live together in a chicken coop after most of the village’s homes were destroyed. Learn how we're helping them cope.
Ukraine: A war-torn family battles an uncertain future
After a harrowing journey, Evia and her daughters found refuge from the conflict in Ukraine. But their struggles are far from over. Read this mother's heartbreaking story.
Nepal: In the field as second powerful earthquake strikes Nepal
Just 17 days after a deadly earthquake rocked Nepal, the country is dealt another blow — a second, 7.3 quake. Read a first-hand account of the disaster from one of our team members on the ground.
Nepal: A family comes together to start recovery in Nepal
After a week filled with tragedy, Sujata Tamang and her family must think about how they will begin to recover. Read their story.
Nepal: Reaching Nepal's invisible villages
In the aftermath of the disaster, villages just outside Kathmandu were overlooked. Our team was the first to reach them this week with much-needed emergency supply kits.
Nepal: From the field: A neighbor saving lives
One of our staff in the field tells us what it’s like on the ground in Kathmandu, and how one man saved his neighbors’ lives during the disaster.