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 ▸
All stories about Emergency response
China: Literally Beautiful
I interviewed them for a half-hour, and then they interviewed me for an hour. And I think they asked the tougher questions.
China: Adding Oil
A displacement camp isn't an easy place for a child to live. Besides the confines of the camp structure, there is a lack of open, green play areas. Also, the very place is a daily reminder of the tragedy and trauma that has brought them and their families there.
China: Several Thousand Good Neighbors
To step inside the walls of the Qinjianrenjia displacement camp boggles the mind. To spend time among camp's residents warms the heart.
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
Editor's Note: This originally appeared on The NBC Nightly News and on MSNBC, and can also be seen at
Regaining Her Smile, Dispelling Fear