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 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.
We're also working to support nearly two million people affected by the crisis in Syria, a long-term humanitarian disaster with no end in sight. Learn more about our ongoing response to the Syrian refugee crisis ▸
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China: Hygiene kits help earthquake survivors in remote villages June 7, 2013
“People are so excited they arrive early to help unload the kits and wait anxiously for their names to be called to receive them,” said emergency response team member Liu Xiao.
Mali: Emergency funds are helping families survive year of shocks May 22, 2013
What can a piece of paper do? How our voucher distributions have made an impact in the midst of prolonged drought and conflict in Mali.
China: Families finding hope after quake May 7, 2013
Our emergency response team has traveled to some of the most remote villages that were destroyed in the 7.0 Ya'an earthquake. See how families are coping and how we're helping them recover.
China: Notes from the epicenter of the Ya'an earthquake April 24, 2013
After gathering firsthand accounts from hard-hit villages, our teams are focused on needs for clean water and support of mothers and children.
China: Assessing emergency needs after deadly earthquake in Sichuan province April 20, 2013
A 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit China's Sichuan province on Saturday, killing at least 200 people and injuring more than 14,000.
Jordan, Syria: Life in Zaatari: An inside look April 19, 2013
Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp is filled with uniform rows of tent upon tent now housing an estimated 140,000 Syrians. What is it like there for families who don't know when they can return home?
Lebanon, Syria: Regaining the hope of childhood April 15, 2013
Ghadan, 9, shares one of her drawings in the Comfort for Kids workbook. The signature Mercy Corps program helps children process their trauma through creative expression and activities.
Jordan, Syria: Finding joy on the playground April 11, 2013
Images from a recent visit to a Mercy Corps-built playground for refugee kids shows how their resilient spirit comes alive with a safe and happy place to play.
Jordan, Syria: Zeinab's story: A child's refuge from war April 10, 2013
Zeinab is a bright, wide-eyed girl I met at Dream Land, a Mercy Corps playground inside Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp. “I am happy here,” she said. “It’s better here because there is no war.”
Central African Republic: Staff returns to restart programs after rebel coup April 8, 2013
Ready to get back to work and help families in the wake of political chaos, our staff shares what it's like on the ground in the troubled Central African Republic.