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 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.
We're also working to support nearly two million people affected by the crisis in Syria, a long-term humanitarian disaster with no end in sight. Learn more about our ongoing response to the Syrian refugee crisis ▸
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Pakistan: Blanket Campaign Warms Survivors November 9, 2005
In the days following the Pakistan earthquake, Richard Berger couldn't escape the intensifying humanitarian crisis on the other side of the world. Each day, the ominous news flashes persisted. "Not enough tents." "Hundreds of thousands need assistance."
Guatemala: Flooding in Central America Threatens Families November 7, 2005
Areas of Guatemala hit by Hurricane Stan continue struggling to dig out and begin the long process of rebuilding villages and lives. Destroyed bridges and ruined roads are hampering travel along the main highways in the area, further isolating affected areas.
Niger: Malnutrition Still Shadows Niger's Children October 21, 2005
In the aftermath of devastating drought and a crop-killing locust infestation, Mercy Corps field workers are working to stabilize the fragile health of thousands of Nigerien children.
Pakistan: Record Disasters, Rapid Response October 20, 2005
Nancy Lindborg, president of Mercy Corps, takes a deep breath when she thinks about 2005. So far, to understate things just a little, it’s been a highly unusual year.
Pakistan: Latest from the Quake Zone October 18, 2005
Cassandra Nelson is Mercy Corps' senior global media and communications officer, based in Islamabad, Pakistan. For the past week, she's been accompanying emergency-aid workers as they deliver medical care and assess ongoing needs in villages affected by the earthquake.
Pakistan: Q&A: Cassandra Nelson on the Pakistan Earthquake October 12, 2005
Guatemala: Q&A: Graham Craft on the Central American Flooding October 12, 2005
Pakistan: Relief Operations Expand in Pakistan October 11, 2005
Four days after the quake struck, a Mercy Corps team has established itself in Jabori, north of Muzzafarabad. Jabori is the largest settlement in the remote Seraan valley, which is home to 100,000 people.
Pakistan: Pakistan Bound: Relief Worker Shares Her Expertise October 10, 2005
From Heathrow airport, before boarding a plane to Islamabad, Susan Romanski, a member of Mercy Corps’ Global Emergency Operations team, stole a brief moment to call into the organization’s Portland headquarters.
Pakistan: Providing Immediate Aid to Earthquake Survivors in Pakistan October 9, 2005