When children and families around the world are suffering through conflict, poverty and disaster, Mercy Corps is there to respond with lifesaving relief and long-term support.
We are on the ground in more than 40 countries, empowering people to survive crisis, build better lives and transform their communities for good. After an emergency, we work quickly to meet the urgent needs of survivors and give people the resources they need to build back even stronger.
Thanks to our global community of supporters and partners, we are able to help millions of families during their time of need — providing lifesaving assistance to Syrian refugees, reaching survivors after natural disasters like the earthquakes in Nepal, and distributing critical seeds and tools to displaced families in South Sudan.
Our response during and after emergencies ensures that people are empowered to strengthen their communities from within. Now, and for the future.
The Syria crisis
Photo: Corinna Robbins/Mercy Corps
As the war in Syria continues with no end in sight, the resulting humanitarian crisis has left millions of children and families suffering the consequences. We're working to support some 2.5 million refugees who’ve fled the ongoing war in Syria, and we reach roughly 470,000 people inside Syria every month with lifesaving food and relief.
We have responded to almost every global natural disaster in the last 20 years, including the Hurricane in Haiti, the Nepal earthquakes, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Japan tsunami, the Haiti earthquake, the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa, and the Indian Ocean tsunami.
Photo: Miguel Samper for Mercy Corps
In 2015, two powerful earthquakes killed thousands and devastated Nepal. Historic sites tumbled, roads were blocked by dangerous landslides, and thousands of homes were destroyed. Our team responded quickly to deliver emergency supplies to those in need, and now they are working hard to make sure that the people of Nepal recover.
Families in conflict
Ongoing conflict brings more than just violence: it can compromise local food supplies, drive families from their homes and leave entire communities devastated for years to come.
Our seasoned emergency responders work through conflict in places like Yemen, Gaza, Ukraine, Iraq, South Sudan and the Central African Republic to distribute critical supplies, protect families uprooted by ongoing violence, and help communities rebuild.
Photo: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps
South Sudan has been in turmoil since political conflict erupted in 2013, just two years after the country gained its independence in 2011. Now, 1 in 5 people are displaced and millions are at risk of starvation. The ongoing conflict has thrown the country into chaos and devastated the economy and food supply.
Photo: Christy Delafield/Mercy Corps
As forces battle to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from ISIS, families in the region are bracing for the effects of more violence. Already hundreds of thousands of families have fled their homes due to fighting, and more may soon be forced to flee the city of Mosul, which is still home to roughly 1.5 million people.
Photo: Corinna Robbins/Mercy Corps
In the Lake Chad Basin, drought and massive displacement due to violence from Boko Haram are converging to create a dire humanitarian crisis. In Nigeria alone, roughly 4.4 million people are in need of food assistance and many children are suffering from severe malnutrition. It’s a complicated crisis, and we are still learning about the true consequences that this conflict will have on families in the areas where we work.
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Kyrgyzstan: Helping Quake Survivors
Mercy Corps is helping house families left homeless after an Oct. 5 earthquake struck Kyrgyzstan's mountainous Alai Region.
China: Needs Arise from Another Earthquake
Georgia: Uncertainty prevails
The number of displaced people in Gori's tent camp has swelled to more than 1,700 people. Thankfully, the flow of humanitarian supplies and other assistance is keeping pace with new arrivals.
Georgia: Behind the lines
Nearly a month after hostilities erupted that forced almost 160,000 people from their homes, thousands of Georgian families are still displaced. Most of them cannot return to their houses — or even their villages — because of the wreckage, military positions and ethnic tensions.
Georgia: Beyond Russian checkpoints
Today was the first time since the conflict that Mercy Corps staff entered the Georgian villages beyond the checkpoints of Russian peacekeeping soldiers.
Georgia: Life in Tent #16
The kindergartens and public schools of Gori town continue to fill up with dozens of displaced people from war-torn areas. Today, we provided hygiene supplies and food for six days to those taking refuge at all the kindergartens in the town, as well as the 625 people in the tent camp here.
Georgia: What Would You Take With You?
Imagine having just a few minutes to gather belongings from your home. Armed men stand on your doorstep, making it clear that you can only take what you can carry — and your time is running out. What would you take?
Myanmar: Mercy Corps Assists Hard-Hit Delta Residents
In Myanmar's Irrawaddy Delta, Mercy Corps emergency responders are bringing relief and beginning recovery efforts throughout Laputta Township, where early evidence suggests that 80,000 of the 350,000 residents died in the storm.
Georgia: Relief for Georgia's Displaced Families
Brutal fighting has driven at least 158,000 Georgians from their homes. Mercy Corps is responding to the needs of Georgia's displaced people with distributions of food and critical supplies to hundreds of families around the cities of Tblisi and Gori.
I have been back in the United States since Saturday afternoon. As usual, these first few days have been experienced — and felt — through the blurriness of a fifteen-hour time difference between Oregon and China. Jet lag renders everything into vagaries.