Life can change for millions of families in an instant: natural disasters can 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 and Indian Ocean tsunami.
Right now, our seasoned emergency responders are on the ground in the Philippines working to rush critical supplies to survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan. The most pressing needs are clean water, sanitation, temporary shelter and food.
We're also working to support nearly two million people affected by the crisis in Syria. This is a long-term humanitarian disaster with no end in site; we are committed to helping Syrian refugees and their host communities in Jordan and Lebanon, providing clean water, household supplies, improved shelter and support for children to heal from trauma.
All stories about Emergency response
West Bank and Gaza: Working through war November 26, 2012
The power of love in all the people I know — people I work with in Mercy Corps and people I care for — overcame the fear that filled everyone’s heart in Gaza.
DR Congo: Monitoring needs as Goma falls November 21, 2012
Mercy Corps is monitoring humanitarian needs as the situation unfolds in eastern Congo, where rebel forces have taken control of Goma, the capital of Congo's war-torn North Kivu province.
West Bank and Gaza: Assessments postponed, staff lose homes November 21, 2012
After rumors of a cease-fire that never materialized yesterday, Gazans spent another sleepless night under even heavier bombardment from Israel, according to Mercy Corps team leaders there. We spoke with them today at 6:00 p.m.
Guatemala: Speeding relief to earthquake survivors November 14, 2012
Mercy Corps is providing emergency food for families affected by the 7.4-magnitude earthquake that struck Guatemala last week.
Niger: One more meal November 9, 2012
At the second of three cash distributions in Niger, Mercy Corps staff heard that families have been able to eat one additional meal every day thanks to the support.
Haiti: Funds will help thousands rebuild after Sandy November 1, 2012
While residents in the northeastern U.S. begin the recovery after Superstorm Sandy, our teams in Haiti continue a rapid assessment of the massive destruction it caused there over the weekend.
Yemen: Clean water for the most vulnerable families October 26, 2012
Mercy Corps teams are helping families access clean water in some of the poorest areas of Taiz, which has been rocked by violent uprisings and subsequent price inflation.
Jordan, Syria: Wells under construction in refugee camp October 12, 2012
With funding from UNICEF and Xylem Watermark, Mercy Corps teams are building a water infrastructure for the Zaatari refugee camp in northern Jordan. This new well will be part of a system that brings clean water to the approximately 25,000 Syrian refugees who now call this home.
Mali: Families stock up on food October 11, 2012
Mercy Corps teams are distributing emergency monthly vouchers to families in northern Mali that allow them to buy food on the local market. The money gets them a month's supply of the necessary basics they choose; most are stocking up on oil and rice.
Mali: Emergency food aid is just the start October 11, 2012
Mercy Corps teams are now providing desperately needed assistance in Mali to those who are struggling to find enough to eat.