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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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.
Pakistan: Supplying Reopened Schools in Pakistan November 11, 2005
United States: Right Where He’s Supposed To Be November 11, 2005
Pakistan: Blanket Campaign Warms Survivors November 9, 2005
In the days following the Pakistan earthquake, Richard Berger couldn't escape the intensifying humanitarian crisis on the other side of the world. Each day, the ominous news flashes persisted. "Not enough tents." "Hundreds of thousands need assistance."
Guatemala: Flooding in Central America Threatens Families November 7, 2005
Areas of Guatemala hit by Hurricane Stan continue struggling to dig out and begin the long process of rebuilding villages and lives. Destroyed bridges and ruined roads are hampering travel along the main highways in the area, further isolating affected areas.
Niger: Malnutrition Still Shadows Niger's Children October 21, 2005
In the aftermath of devastating drought and a crop-killing locust infestation, Mercy Corps field workers are working to stabilize the fragile health of thousands of Nigerien children.
Pakistan: Record Disasters, Rapid Response October 20, 2005
Nancy Lindborg, president of Mercy Corps, takes a deep breath when she thinks about 2005. So far, to understate things just a little, it’s been a highly unusual year.
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.