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 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 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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China: The World's Youngest Principal
When I think about our first day distributing hygiene kits to displaced earthquake survivors, I will most remember the bravery of a 17-year-old school principal.
North Korea: Food for North Korea's families
Mercy Corps is taking the lead in a yearlong distribution of 100,000 metric tons of food to quell rampant hunger in North Korea.
Myanmar: Q&A: Carol Ward in Myanmar
Carol Ward is one of four members of Mercy Corps' Global Emergency Operations team responding to the needs of cyclone survivors in Myanmar. Mercy Corps is supporting the medical aid organization Merlin with a team of disaster-response experts and financial resources.
Sudan: Cementing a Fragile Peace
By any measure, Sudan is a country in crisis.
Iraq: Campaigning for Iraq's Disabled
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Regaining Her Smile, Dispelling Fear
Sudan: Uncertainty for Abyei's Displaced
Agok, Abyei area — Two weeks after armed clashes started in Abyei town, the approximately 50,000 people who fled southwards are hesitant about their next move.
Somalia: Helping Somalis Endure Hardship
As Somalia slides closer to famine, Mercy Corps continues to drill boreholes, build schools and offer short-term jobs in an area where few global relief agencies will tread.
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.