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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India: Mending Nets
Oolakottai, India - The scene will remain with me forever.
Sudan: Making a Difference in Sudanese Refugee Camps
Mercy Corps is working to improve conditions for nearly 90,000 Sudanese living in three refugee camps across Darfur, a region roughly the size of France where more than 2 million people have fled their homes.
Indonesia: Mercy Corps Providing Relief on Nias Island
Mercy Corps is providing emergency food rations, temporary shelter supplies and blankets for approximately 1000 people on Indonesia's Nias Island, which was struck by a massive earthquake on March 28.
Indonesia: Huge Earthquake Strikes Southern Asia
Sri Lanka: Sewalanka Foundation: Responding to Immediate Needs
When a disaster devastates a community, many relief organizations immediately direct their attention toward the biggest, most obvious crises: food, shelter, emergency medical aid, and the plight of children. Other, equally pressing needs are sometimes overlooked.
India: Partnering for Families in Coastal India
Mercy Corps is restoring livelihoods and ensuring a better, more secure future for many of the estimated 890,000 tsunami-affected residents of the southeastern state of Tamil Nadu.
Sri Lanka: Critical Assistance to Sri Lankan Communities
Sudan: Returning, Inspired
In 2005, Mercy Corps board member Linda Mason took a journey to Sudan's troubled Darfur region. During her time there, she witnessed Mercy Corps staff in action and took time to sit down with women in makeshift camps and listen to their inspiring stories.
Indonesia: Responding to Disaster, Preparing to Rebuild
On December 28, 2004, Mercy Corps’ Nigel Pont became one of the first international relief workers to reach the tsunami-decimated city of Banda Aceh, Indonesia.
India: New Growth in India
If necessity is the mother of invention, then perhaps calamity is the father of community. I thought about this as I stood in the full Indian sun, witnessing a scene that I never imagined could take place.