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 3.7 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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Georgia: What Would You Take With You?
Imagine having just a few minutes to gather belongings from your home. Armed men stand on your doorstep, making it clear that you can only take what you can carry — and your time is running out. What would you take?
Myanmar: Mercy Corps Assists Hard-Hit Delta Residents
In Myanmar's Irrawaddy Delta, Mercy Corps emergency responders are bringing relief and beginning recovery efforts throughout Laputta Township, where early evidence suggests that 80,000 of the 350,000 residents died in the storm.
Georgia: Relief for Georgia's Displaced Families
Brutal fighting has driven at least 158,000 Georgians from their homes. Mercy Corps is responding to the needs of Georgia's displaced people with distributions of food and critical supplies to hundreds of families around the cities of Tblisi and Gori.
I have been back in the United States since Saturday afternoon. As usual, these first few days have been experienced — and felt — through the blurriness of a fifteen-hour time difference between Oregon and China. Jet lag renders everything into vagaries.
China: A Rare Treasure
I think what I'll always remember about distribution day in Yunji is the range of emotions.
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.