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: 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
Serbian Group Helps Its New Orleans Neighbors October 4, 2005
"It's better to die as a honorable person than live like a selfish one, my grandfather used to say," Sasa Beljic explained.
United States: Reaching Out to Displaced Families September 26, 2005
Sixty-seven-year-old Bernard Laviolett evacuated before the Hurricane Rita shattered the area he calls home. All the same, he sympathized with those who hadn’t.
United States: Waiting For Rita: Katrina Response Team Doubles Its Duties September 23, 2005
Poring over maps and glued to updates from the National Hurricane Center, a thirteen-person Mercy Corps team assembled in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, awaiting Hurricane Rita’s landfall on the bruised Gulf Coast.
United States: Hurricane Rita Response Team Mobilizes in the Gulf September 22, 2005