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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Uganda: Cecilia: A Harvest of Hope
Ogonyo Camp, Uganda - Cecilia Lamunu remembers life before the war. As she sits inside her tiny mud hut and lights a kerosene lamp against the coming darkness, you can see the past flickering in her eyes.
Ethiopia: Responding to Ethiopia's Deadly Floods
Mercy Corps responded to Ethiopia's deadly flooding by helping those marooned in villages along the Omo River in the southwest corner of the country.
Uganda: Acting Globally
Children have always been close to Nicole Greenberg's heart. The 20-year-old has worked with children in one way or another most of her life: as a babysitter, then a camp counselor and now as a developmental psychology major at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
Uganda: One Night in Ogonyo
For a night, I felt the chill of life in a displacement camp.
Pakistan: Rebuilding Pakistan, One Year Post-Quake
Uganda: The Residue of Conflict
Kitgum, Uganda - The people of Koch Ama Resettlement Camp, in the Gulu District of Northern Uganda, stood up in succession, each restating the same basic premise.
Pakistan: Mercy Corps Receives 'Star of Sacrifice' Award From Pakistan President
United States: Connecting and Protecting Neighbors
Loyed Lonzo is a man who knows things. And in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, information is a crucial commodity.
Lebanon: In the Nick of Time
Lebanon: Relief to Recovery
Nabatiye, Lebanon - The young men from Mercy Corps and the Jaber Foundation have the system down pat by now. Pull up, jump out, check names on a clipboard, and hand out the boxes.