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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Reducing the Risk of Disaster
With its steep mountains, heavy rains and seismic activity, Tajikistan is one of the most disaster-prone countries on the planet. Each year some 50,000 landslides, 5,000 earthquakes and tremors, and hundreds of avalanches and debris flows hit the Central Asian state.
Sudan: Into Um Dukhun
My journey to Um Dukhun began with a 75-minute ride in a U.N. helicopter from Nyala, the capital of South Darfur State. Nyala is where I'm based as program coordinator for Mercy Corps' relief efforts in Darfur.
DR Congo: The Key is Hope
Like thousands of Congolese children, young Giselle's path to relative safety in Goma has been grueling. But, with your help, Mercy Corps is offering them much-needed support once they reach their destination.
North Korea: Mercy Corps and DHL deliver medicine to flood-affected North Korean families
The express and logistics company DHL is generously providing a very substantial contribution to cover shipping expenses for urgently-needed medicines headed to North Korea.
United States: Two Years Later, Still Working for Recovery
On behalf of our New Orleans-based team, I want to update you on what's happening here two years after the hurricane's landfall - and on what we're doing to help bring people back home.
Mercy Corps Partnering to Assess Hurricane Dean's Impact
Mercy Corps Partnering to Assess Hurricane Dean's Impact August 21, 2007
North Korea: Floods ravage North Korea
Unyielding rain that began in early August has buried large areas of North Korea, killing dozens, destroying more than 30,000 houses and affecting almost one million people.
Sudan: Responding to Floods in Upper Nile, Sudan
The water arrived at night, quietly and suddenly to Garang's home along the Kurachai River. He and his family saw no signs of danger when they went to bed that night in mid-July.
Pakistan: Mercy Corps Continues Flood Response
Agency relief workers continue to reach stranded residents with humanitarian supplies and hire local residents to pump stagnant water from villages after a deluge that has affected 2.5 million Pakistanis since late June.
Central African Republic: A Sad Show of Hands
Central African Republic (CAR) is a former French colony, about the same size as Texas. Located in the heart of Africa, its neighbors are some of the continent's most unstable and violent countries: Sudan, Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo.