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 teams up with them to build back stronger.
We have responded to almost every global natural disaster in the last 20 years, including the Nepal earthquake, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Japan tsunami, the Haiti earthquake, the 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 Ukraine, Iraq, South Sudan and the Central African Republic distributing critical supplies and protecting families uprooted by ongoing violence.
We're also working to support 3.7 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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Indonesia: A Package for Little Rafli
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Indonesia: Keeping Life Above Water
Indonesia: Preparing for the Worst, Hoping for the Best
Padang Pariaman, Indonesia - At 10:00 a.m. on a sunny morning exactly two years after the Indian Ocean tsunami, the squall from a siren defeated the noise from a bustling market. Immediately, the town's streets were choked with citizens - many of them laughing.
Indonesia: Disaster Preparedness
Indonesia: Indian Ocean Tsunami: Two Years Later
Throughout the tsunami-affected region, Mercy Corps is answering President Clinton's call to "build back better," having helped more than 1 million people strengthen their local economies, livelihoods and communities. Here are a few examples of Mercy Corps' work in the region: