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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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.
United States: Reclaiming Neighborhoods December 9, 2005
Bienville Ancar didn't just lose his house and business to Hurricane Katrina. Like so many of his neighbors, he lost history, a sense of place and the feeling of home.
Indonesia: Plotting a Better Future December 9, 2005
As she surveys the red dots, blue lines and multicolored polygons projected on a screen, Daphne Karypis sees much more than a map of Indonesia’s Aceh Province. She sees the future of humanitarian work.
Sudan: Class is in Session December 2, 2005
El Shebab Camp, Darfur, Sudan — Nasir Adam Yago likes studying English almost as much as he likes playing soccer - and he's had a chance to do much more of both since Mercy Corps established a school here in August.