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.
We have responded to almost every global natural disaster in the last 20 years, including the Japan tsunami, Haiti earthquake, hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa, Indian Ocean tsunami, and most recently, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Our seasoned emergency responders worked through the recent 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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Lebanon: Recovery Starts With a Bell September 2, 2006
Brital, Lebanon — Walking through the empty halls and classrooms of Brital Public School No. 2, principal Salah Tleis is obviously proud.
Lebanon: Lebanon: The Rebuilding Begins September 2, 2006
Inching his truck down a Beirut boulevard choked with cars, bikes, and pedestrians, a leather-faced old driver named Hassan tries to explain the extraordinary pace of activity in the neighborhood.
Niger: Niger's Faces of Need August 22, 2006
Niger in a time of crisis is not a place for the faint of heart.
Sri Lanka: Q&A: Crisis Displaces Sri Lankan Families August 18, 2006
Lebanon: Safe Access Critical to Helping Southern Lebanon August 11, 2006
As aerial bombardments and heavy fighting between Israel and Hezbollah continues in southern Lebanon, Mercy Corps continues to probe for opportunities to deliver aid to those trapped by the conflict.
Sri Lanka: Sri Lankan Families Flee Violence August 7, 2006
West Bank and Gaza: Life and Death on the Sea July 29, 2006
Wadi Salqa, Gaza Strip — Despite dire living conditions, Gazans are known for their warm hospitality. But when Mansur Al Saleem invited me to visit his family home last Wednesday, it was not so much an invitation as an explanation.
Lebanon: Q&A: Lebanon Relief Efforts July 20, 2006
Sudan: Darfur Crisis: Re-Commit to Families July 20, 2006
Amid reports of a worsening situation in Sudan's Darfur region, Mercy Corps continues to assist — and help protect — more than 117,000 displaced persons.
Lebanon: Middle East Crisis: The Humanitarian Need July 17, 2006
Mercy Corps began delivering relief supplies on Thursday to families displaced by continuing Israeli military operations in Lebanon.