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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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.
DR Congo: Mercy Corps Reaches Families Torn by Conflict in Congo
Mercy Corps is helping more than 50,000 displaced people meet their most basic needs in areas of conflict-ravaged northeastern Congo near the Rwandan border.
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.