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 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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Jordan, Syria: Getting Syria's most vulnerable children to school
Children with disabilities can easily fall through the cracks during the upheaval of war. We're making sure kids like Hayam have their needs met to continue their education as refugees.
Jordan, Syria: Life as a refugee: Spend the day with Nour
From dawn to dusk, every hour with Nour, 13, and her family in Zaatari refugee camp shows the hardships millions of Syrians endure every day, three years since the war began — and the occasional joys they hang on to far from home.
Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Syria: Three years in crisis
A look inside the worst humanitarian disaster of our time and what we must do to help families trapped by war.
Lebanon, Syria: A commitment to Syria's children
The trauma doesn't end when Syrian children escape the war. We're finding new ways to ensure this generation is not lost to this crisis.
Jordan, Syria: Safe homes for refugee families
Housing, in any condition, is in high demand in Jordan as Syrian refugees continue to stream across the border. See how we repair dilapidated houses to give vulnerable families, like Henna's, a safe place to live.
Indonesia: Emergency support helps mothers through flood
In unsanitary and crowded evacuation centers, Hati Kami mother care groups were more important than ever, helping women keep their babies healthy.
South Sudan: Critical need for clean water and sanitation as violence continues
More than 900,000 have been displaced by conflict in South Sudan. As humanitarian conditions worsen, we're working tirelessly to meet emergency needs of vulnerable families in Unity State.
Colombia: Relief for a family displaced by conflict
Miriam's family received emergency supplies from us after being uprooted from their home. On a recent trip to Columbia our director of development met her and received a tour of her new shelter — a makeshift house built in a mangrove.
Indonesia, Philippines: Meet our field staff: Dewi
When Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, Dewi Hanifah, a seasoned first responder, was quickly deployed to the devastated region.
Philippines: Rebuilding homes with mobile money
In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, our mobile banking program is providing Filipinos, like Rodelyn and Zeny, with safe new roofs — and new opportunities.