When children and families around the world are suffering through conflict, poverty and disaster, Mercy Corps is there to respond with lifesaving relief and long-term support.
We are on the ground in more than 40 countries, empowering people to survive crisis, build better lives and transform their communities for good. After an emergency, we work quickly to meet the urgent needs of survivors and give people the resources they need to build back even stronger.
Thanks to our global community of supporters and partners, we are able to help millions of families during their time of need — providing lifesaving assistance to Syrian refugees, reaching survivors after natural disasters like the earthquakes in Nepal, and distributing critical seeds and tools to displaced families in South Sudan.
Our response during and after emergencies ensures that people are empowered to strengthen their communities from within. Now, and for the future.
The Syria crisis
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As the war in Syria continues with no end in sight, the resulting humanitarian crisis has left millions of children and families suffering the consequences. We're working to support some 2.5 million refugees who’ve fled the ongoing war in Syria, and we reach roughly 470,000 people inside Syria every month with lifesaving food and relief.
We have responded to almost every global natural disaster in the last 20 years, including the Hurricane in Haiti, the Nepal earthquakes, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Japan tsunami, the Haiti earthquake, the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa, and the Indian Ocean tsunami.
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In 2015, two powerful earthquakes killed thousands and devastated Nepal. Historic sites tumbled, roads were blocked by dangerous landslides, and thousands of homes were destroyed. Our team responded quickly to deliver emergency supplies to those in need, and now they are working hard to make sure that the people of Nepal recover.
Families in conflict
Ongoing conflict brings more than just violence: it can compromise local food supplies, drive families from their homes and leave entire communities devastated for years to come.
Our seasoned emergency responders work through conflict in places like Yemen, Gaza, Ukraine, Iraq, South Sudan and the Central African Republic to distribute critical supplies, protect families uprooted by ongoing violence, and help communities rebuild.
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South Sudan has been in turmoil since political conflict erupted in 2013, just two years after the country gained its independence in 2011. Now, 1 in 5 people are displaced and millions are at risk of starvation. The ongoing conflict has thrown the country into chaos and devastated the economy and food supply.
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As forces battle to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from ISIS, families in the region are bracing for the effects of more violence. Already hundreds of thousands of families have fled their homes due to fighting, and more may soon be forced to flee the city of Mosul, which is still home to roughly 1.5 million people.
Photo: Corinna Robbins/Mercy Corps
In the Lake Chad Basin, drought and massive displacement due to violence from Boko Haram are converging to create a dire humanitarian crisis. In Nigeria alone, roughly 4.4 million people are in need of food assistance and many children are suffering from severe malnutrition. It’s a complicated crisis, and we are still learning about the true consequences that this conflict will have on families in the areas where we work.
All stories about Emergency response
Nepal: Where do families go when their village is in ruins?
In a small village outside of Kirtipur, 17 families now live together in a chicken coop after most of the village’s homes were destroyed. Learn how we're helping them cope.
Ukraine: A war-torn family battles an uncertain future
After a harrowing journey, Evia and her daughters found refuge from the conflict in Ukraine. But their struggles are far from over. Read this mother's heartbreaking story.
Nepal: In the field as second powerful earthquake strikes Nepal
Just 17 days after a deadly earthquake rocked Nepal, the country is dealt another blow — a second, 7.3 quake. Read a first-hand account of the disaster from one of our team members on the ground.
Nepal: A family comes together to start recovery in Nepal
After a week filled with tragedy, Sujata Tamang and her family must think about how they will begin to recover. Read their story.
Nepal: Reaching Nepal's invisible villages
In the aftermath of the disaster, villages just outside Kathmandu were overlooked. Our team was the first to reach them this week with much-needed emergency supply kits.
Nepal: From the field: A neighbor saving lives
One of our staff in the field tells us what it’s like on the ground in Kathmandu, and how one man saved his neighbors’ lives during the disaster.
Nepal: Survivor stories: After the earthquake
Meet just a few of the brave earthquake survivors we’re helping, and hear their harrowing stories of the disaster.
Nepal: Meet Mercy Corps' Nepal earthquake response team
Meet the experts on the Mercy Corps team who are helping people in Nepal survive and recover after the massive earthquake.
Nepal: Follow the Mercy Corps earthquake response in Nepal
Our team on the ground in Nepal doesn't know what the next day will bring. They are working through difficult conditions to help thousands of families survive and recover. Read the latest updates.
Nepal: Delivering supplies to families outside Kathmandu
Mercy Corps staff delivered emergency supplies to families this week in the small village of Chapagaon, just outside Kathmandu. The supplies will help families survive in the immediate days after this disaster.