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 team up with communities 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, 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 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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Niger: Three Wails
Shortly after midnight, a soft wailing cry broke through the sweltering Sahelian night.
Sri Lanka: Community groups helping neighbors
Batticaloa District, Sri Lanka - Community groups formed to guide village redevelopment in the wake of the tsunami are now playing a central role in Mercy Corps' distributions of cookware, tarps and other relief items to families fleeing their homes in the face of the country's escalating
Indonesia: Mercy Corps Mobilizes Relief Effort
Sudan: An Expanded Commitment to Darfur
As instability worsens in Sudan's troubled Darfur region, Mercy Corps has expanded its commitment to families in need.
Uganda: First Day of School, At 14
Ogonyo IDP Camp, Uganda - It might look like any other day for 14-year-old Bosco Odongo. Dressed in a pink shirt and brown shorts like his classmates, he carries a crisp new notebook and walks the dirt path leading to the village school.
Indonesia: Priceless Water
Indonesia: Helping Flood Survivors
Indonesia: Getting Our Hands Dirty
Indonesia: Losses, Gains, Rice and Cake
Today we went to the beach. Now, before you begin to roll your eyes, let me explain. This is not just any beach. It is certainly beautiful, with smooth white sand and water as blue as the sky.
Indonesia: Hope, Optimism and Tofu Making