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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Serbian Group Helps Its New Orleans Neighbors
"It's better to die as a honorable person than live like a selfish one, my grandfather used to say," Sasa Beljic explained.
United States: Waiting For Rita: Katrina Response Team Doubles Its Duties
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: We'll Always Have Fried Pickles
Ultimately, somehow, it all comes back to fried dill pickles.
United States: A Road to Somewhere
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
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