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 natural 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.
Our seasoned emergency responders worked through the recent 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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Pakistan: Back to School April 7, 2006
Kotlipaeen, North West Frontier Province — A cool morning rain can't dampen the enthusiasm of school children revved up for a special celebration. Neither can grim reminders of the devastating earthquake last fall that all but flattened this 4,000-person village.
Pakistan: Shifting from Relief to Recovery March 21, 2006
Mercy Corps aid workers are winding down the agency's extensive shelter-building effort as recovery takes center stage in the mountainside villages in northern Pakistan, where residents struggle to recover from October's 7.6-magnitude earthquake.
Pakistan: Blankets Aid Wintertime Survival March 13, 2006
United States: It Takes a Neighborhood February 18, 2006
New Orleans, Louisiana — It's shortly after 10 a.m. on a chilly Saturday, and Reverend Gilbert Scie is raking debris from the storm grate across from the Greater Little Zion M.B. Church - the congregation he pastors.
United States: Comforting Kids Along the Gulf Coast February 17, 2006
New Orleans — Twelve-year-old Danshawn cracked a smile as he sifted through the items in the light-blue Nike backpack he'd just received. "I got a bear, some supplies, a radio and some (playing) cards," he said.
Niger: Help Nigerien Mothers Like Fatima February 15, 2006
Fatima lives with her husband and their six children in Sanam, a remote village in Niger that's accessed only by a barely passable dirt road.
Guatemala: Rebuilding Lives While Respecting Cultures February 6, 2006
As Guatemalan families return to what's left of their shattered villages, Mercy Corps stands committed to helping them recover from the destruction and despair that Hurricane Stan brought to their country.
Mercy Corps Forms Avian Influenza Task Force January 19, 2006
Mercy Corps has created an agency-wide Avian Influenza Task Force (AITF) in response to the growing threat of avian influenza around the world, and especially in developing nations where the agency works.
United States: The Story of 2118 Dumaine Street January 17, 2006
Pakistan: Winter in a Homemade Shelter December 15, 2005
Wali Khan is smiling now.