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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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.
Indonesia: Tsunami Hits Indonesia July 17, 2006
Indonesia: Earthquake Response Continues June 29, 2006
Early the morning of May 27, a powerful earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale struck the Indonesian island of Java, devastating the region and killing more than 5,700. Entire villages were instantly leveled. An estimated 1.5 million people were left homeless by the earthquake.
Indonesia: Recovery Toolkits June 16, 2006