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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China: Support for Earthquake Survivors
More than three months after a catastrophic earthquake hit China's Sichuan Province, Mercy Corps is training local mental health professionals to support the special needs of thousands of children traumatized by the disaster.
Using Sports to Support Youth
It's not the classroom, or the doctor's office, or some other site where you might expect to find traumatized children receiving supportive services. Mercy Corps believes that athletic fields and playgrounds can be the place where emotional recovery takes place.
Rising food prices impact families worldwide
If you've been paying attention to the news, you know that a "perfect storm" of factors — including soaring fuel prices, erratic weather, and growing demand for biofuels — is pushing global food prices up dramatically.
Iraq: Mercy Corps Calls for Greater Response to Dire Humanitarian Situation in Iraq
Iraq: Emergency Aid to Southern Iraq
West Bank and Gaza: Restocking Hospital Closets in Gaza
Rarely have deliveries of sheets and hospital gowns been so warmly received as in Gaza last month.
Tajikistan: Help Families Braving Extreme Cold in Tajikistan
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
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.
West Bank and Gaza: Facts about Mercy Corps in Gaza
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
By looking at 25-year-old Asha, you could never tell that she has been through so much in her young life.