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 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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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:
Mercy Corps Will Help Flood-Displaced Families
Mercy Corps is moving quickly to provide shelter and water supplies to thousands of Kenyans affected by massive regional flooding, following an assessment by the agency's Global Emergency Operations team.
West Bank and Gaza: Priming Gaza's Economy
Amid a truce between Israel and the main Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip, Mercy Corps is adding much-needed cash directly into the pockets of vulnerable families.
Deadly Floods Displace Thousands in Kenya
Uganda: Cecilia: A Harvest of Hope
Ogonyo Camp, Uganda - Cecilia Lamunu remembers life before the war. As she sits inside her tiny mud hut and lights a kerosene lamp against the coming darkness, you can see the past flickering in her eyes.
Ethiopia: Responding to Ethiopia's Deadly Floods
Mercy Corps responded to Ethiopia's deadly flooding by helping those marooned in villages along the Omo River in the southwest corner of the country.
Uganda: Acting Globally
Children have always been close to Nicole Greenberg's heart. The 20-year-old has worked with children in one way or another most of her life: as a babysitter, then a camp counselor and now as a developmental psychology major at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
Uganda: One Night in Ogonyo
For a night, I felt the chill of life in a displacement camp.