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 natural 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.
Our seasoned emergency responders worked through the recent conflict in Gaza and are on the ground in Iraq, South Sudan and the Central African Republic distributing critical supplies and protect families uprooted by ongoing violence.
We're also working to support 2.5 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: Waiting For Rita: Katrina Response Team Doubles Its Duties September 23, 2005
Poring over maps and glued to updates from the National Hurricane Center, a thirteen-person Mercy Corps team assembled in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, awaiting Hurricane Rita’s landfall on the bruised Gulf Coast.
United States: Hurricane Rita Response Team Mobilizes in the Gulf September 22, 2005
United States: We'll Always Have Fried Pickles September 15, 2005
Ultimately, somehow, it all comes back to fried dill pickles.
United States: A Road to Somewhere September 14, 2005
We left for New Orleans early this morning completely uncertain; unsure of which way was open, what we would find once there and, most of all, if we could get in at all.
United States: The War on Katrina September 13, 2005
United States: Crossing Great Distances September 12, 2005
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: In Between Roadblocks September 11, 2005
I passed the first roadblock just as Deuce McAllister found the end zone for a touchdown.
United States: The Kindness of Neighbors September 10, 2005
United States: Returning to a Different Place September 9, 2005
United States: Aid Worker Among the Displaced September 2, 2005
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.