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 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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Niger: Niger's Faces of Need
Niger in a time of crisis is not a place for the faint of heart.
Sri Lanka: Q&A: Crisis Displaces Sri Lankan Families
Lebanon: Safe Access Critical to Helping Southern Lebanon
As aerial bombardments and heavy fighting between Israel and Hezbollah continues in southern Lebanon, Mercy Corps continues to probe for opportunities to deliver aid to those trapped by the conflict.
Sri Lanka: Sri Lankan Families Flee Violence
West Bank and Gaza: Life and Death on the Sea
Wadi Salqa, Gaza Strip — Despite dire living conditions, Gazans are known for their warm hospitality. But when Mansur Al Saleem invited me to visit his family home last Wednesday, it was not so much an invitation as an explanation.
Lebanon: Q&A: Lebanon Relief Efforts
Sudan: Darfur Crisis: Re-Commit to Families
Amid reports of a worsening situation in Sudan's Darfur region, Mercy Corps continues to assist — and help protect — more than 117,000 displaced persons.
Lebanon: Middle East Crisis: The Humanitarian Need
Mercy Corps began delivering relief supplies on Thursday to families displaced by continuing Israeli military operations in Lebanon.
Indonesia: Tsunami Hits Indonesia
Indonesia: Earthquake Response Continues
Early the morning of May 27, a powerful earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale struck the Indonesian island of Java, devastating the region and killing more than 5,700. Entire villages were instantly leveled. An estimated 1.5 million people were left homeless by the earthquake.