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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Pakistan: Emergency response team leader arrives Wednesday
Holden Basch arrives in Islamabad tomorrow from Afghanistan to take the reins of the 11-person emergency response team we've assembled in Pakistan.
Pakistan: Delivering aid to families in Pakistan
Mercy Corps field teams distributed 808 emergency supply kits in one day to families recently displaced from fighting in the Swat valley.
Pakistan: Crisis in Pakistan: May 12 update
Here's an update from our emergency response team in Pakistan from their Tuesday, May 12:
China: Christine: There for Sichuan's Survivors
Pakistan: Blankets, mosquito nets rushed to Pakistan families
Mercy Corps is rushing two truckloads of aid materials — including mosquito nets, soap and blankets — to more than 1,000 families displaced by fighting in Pakistan's Swat Valley.
Pakistan: Mercy Corps responds to 'massive displacement' in Pakistan
Mercy Corps is dispatching a team to assist some of the estimated 500,000 Pakistanis who are fleeing their homes as a result of intensifying conflict between government forces and Taliban militants.
China: Healing the Future
So much depends on children. They're the pride and joy of their families, as well as eternal hope for a better future. There's perhaps no place in the world where this rings more true than China.
Sri Lanka: Exodus of IDPs overwhelms northern Sri Lanka
Mercy Corps is marshaling a humanitarian response to the growing crisis in northern Sri Lanka, where more than 90,000 people have fled fighting between Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan army in the past week.
Central African Republic: Life, Interrupted
Luc Mbarte was awoken by shouting outside his house on the night of May 2, 2007. Seven armed bandits had entered his village, Bokoyan, under the cover of night.
Uganda: Peace Through Forgiveness