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 nearly 4 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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United States: Crossing Great Distances
I read today that the disaster footprint left by Hurricane Katrina is larger than the size of Great Britain. As I travel across decimated Louisiana parishes and through wrecked Mississippi counties, I feel like I'm traversing the entire expanse of a country.
United States: The Kindness of Neighbors
United States: Returning to a Different Place
United States: Aid Worker Among the Displaced
Two years ago, Eileen Ihrig was living in Pakistan, overseeing health services and ensuring the availability of clean water for thousands of Afghan refugees who had fled Kabul in the aftermath of U.S. military action there in 2001.
United States: A History of Domestic Emergency Response
Mercy Corps is best known for its swift and effective response to international disasters. But sometimes, the magnitude of disasters right here in the U.S. compels us to act. Hurricane Andrew
United States: Mercy Corps Partners with Episcopal Relief and Development to Aid Survivors of Hurricane Katrina
As flood waters continue to inundate much of the U.S. Gulf Coast, Mercy Corps is partnering with Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) to meet the immediate and longer-term needs of people displaced from their homes in coastal Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi.
Niger: Responding to Health Needs in Niger
Mercy Corps has an emergency team on the ground in one of Niger’s most famine-stricken areas, helping serve malnourished children and families by improving the quality and reach of critical health care.
Niger: Team Deploys to Aid Niger’s Food Crisis
Mercy Corps is sending two veteran aid workers to respond to the current food crisis in Niger. Team leader Christy Collins, a Seattle resident, departed from Portland today.
Niger: Famine in Niger: Millions at Risk
More than 3.5 million people — including nearly one million children — in the West African nation of Niger are suffering from severe hunger and could die of starvation soon. You can act immediately to ensure lives are saved.
India: Mending Nets
Oolakottai, India - The scene will remain with me forever.