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 team up with communities 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, 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 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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Tajikistan: Help Families Braving Extreme Cold in Tajikistan March 5, 2008
Families in some of Tajikistan's most remote areas are braving food, fuel and water shortages triggered by record cold temperatures in the Central Asian nation.
DR Congo: Rainstorms, Lava and a Human Flood February 27, 2008
I recently watched as the rain fell for hours over Goma. From the comfort of a house, rain in tropical Africa is spectacular, even magic. But for the thousands displaced Congolese waiting out the storm in their twenty-four square foot huts made of sticks and banana leaves, it is hell.
Mercy Corps Deploys Team to Crisis-Torn Western Kenya January 31, 2008
As chaos and violence continue to sweep Kenya a month after a disputed presidential election, Mercy Corps has dispatched an emergency team to the country's western region where thousands are displaced by violence.
West Bank and Gaza: Facts about Mercy Corps in Gaza January 29, 2008
We continue to work with the United Nations, donors and partner organizations to monitor relief shipments into and distributions within Gaza, as well as plan longer-term recovery efforts. We have 25 staff members inside Gaza as well as other staff in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Egypt.
Sudan: New Skills for Asha January 28, 2008
By looking at 25-year-old Asha, you could never tell that she has been through so much in her young life.
West Bank and Gaza: Breaching the Wall in Gaza January 25, 2008
Gazans' frustration at their isolation and border closures boiled over this week, with Palestinians blasting down the wall separating Gaza from Egypt and tens of thousands flooding through the breach.
Somalia: Helping a Failed State Succeed January 23, 2008
Somalia: Q&A with Abdikadir Mohamed January 22, 2008
Abdikadir Mohamed has served as Mercy Corps' top representative in Somalia since June 2006. The 33-year-old Kenya native is an ethnic Somali who's worked in the country before, as a researcher for a health nonprofit in 2003 and 2004.
Responding to Cyclone Sidr in Bangladesh November 19, 2007
Mercy Corps is working through colleague agencies to bring relief to millions of Bangladeshi families displaced by Cyclone Sidr, one of the biggest storms in decades to hit the impoverished and densely populated South Asian country.
Jordan: Helping Iraqi Refugees November 8, 2007
Amman, Jordan — Few items furnished the cramped apartment, one of hundreds like it in one of this city's poorer districts: a tattered rug, an old couch, a mattress in the corner and a small fan to relieve the 100-degree heat.