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 ▸
All stories about Emergency response
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.
Nepal: Survivor stories: After the earthquake
Meet just a few of the brave earthquake survivors we’re helping, and hear their harrowing stories of the disaster.
Nepal: Meet Mercy Corps' Nepal earthquake response team
Meet the experts on the Mercy Corps team who are helping people in Nepal survive and recover after the massive earthquake.
Nepal: Follow the Mercy Corps earthquake response in Nepal
Our team on the ground in Nepal doesn't know what the next day will bring. They are working through difficult conditions to help thousands of families survive and recover. Read the latest updates.
Nepal: Delivering supplies to families outside Kathmandu
Mercy Corps staff delivered emergency supplies to families this week in the small village of Chapagaon, just outside Kathmandu. The supplies will help families survive in the immediate days after this disaster.
Nepal: Emergency update from the field
Read the latest from our team on the ground in Nepal as they work to quickly distribute emergency supplies to earthquake survivors.
Nepal: Responding after massive Nepal earthquake
Thousands are injured in the worst quake to strike the region in 80 years. Our team members on the ground are mobilizing an emergency response to help survivors.
Ukraine: Elderly struggle through trauma of war
When Maria and Misha’s home was destroyed by fighting, they were left homeless and terrified. Read their story and learn what we’re doing to help those most in need.
Jordan, Syria: From refugee to role model
Sami hated life in the refugee camp when he arrived. Now, two years later, he’s helping other young people shift their perspective and dream for the future.
Jordan, Syria: After despair: Sami's story
Two years ago, Sami felt alone and trapped in his new life at Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp. Now, he's turned his experience around and is helping others as a volunteer for one of Mercy Corps' youth centers.