Life can change for millions of families in an instant: natural disasters can 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 and Indian Ocean tsunami.
Right now, our seasoned emergency responders are on the ground in the Philippines working to rush critical supplies to survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan. The most pressing needs are clean water, sanitation, temporary shelter and food.
We're also working to support nearly two million people affected by the crisis in Syria. This is a long-term humanitarian disaster with no end in site; we are committed to helping Syrian refugees and their host communities in Jordan and Lebanon, providing clean water, household supplies, improved shelter and support for children to heal from trauma.
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"Relief From All Corners of the World" January 21, 2004
Classes and Games Help Kids Experiencing Post-Earthquake Trauma January 20, 2004
When he smiles Ali looks like an eight-year-old you might meet anywhere in the world. His face lights up and reveals a big gap that is waiting for a front tooth to take its place.
"The Destruction is Overwhelming" January 18, 2004
House Destroyed by Quake, A Family Finds Comfort at Mercy Corps Shelter January 7, 2004
BAM, Iran - Eight days after their home was completely destroyed in the earthquake, the Ghaemabadi family is settling into their new, temporary home: a large, five-person winterized tent in a camp for the displaced and homeless.
Mercy Corps Works to Meet the Needs of the Survivors in Bam, Iran January 7, 2004
Mercy Corps Opens Shelter, Provides Relief to Quake Survivors in Iran January 6, 2004
Additional Mercy Corps Supplies, Staff Arrive in Iran Quake Area December 31, 2003
Mercy Corps staff members at the scene of the destructive earthquake in southeastern Iran are continuing to provide emergency assistance to families left homeless by Friday's disaster.
Afghanistan: In Afghanistan, Mercy and Mayhem December 14, 2003
A hellish predawn raid by truckloads of suspected Taliban gunmen took the life of a Mercy Corps veteran in Afghanistan in August. The violence didn't stop there. That wrenching episode was the second murder in a year, a horrible stretch for our relief workers.
Afghanistan: Optimism is High; But Afghans Fear The Window of Opportunity is Closing November 19, 2003
Tackling Natural Disasters in the Ferghana Valley October 16, 2003
[Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on the website of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs IRINnews