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 team up with communities to build back stronger.
We have responded to almost every global natural disaster in the last 20 years, including Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Japan tsunami, the Haiti earthquake, 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 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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Pakistan: Record Disasters, Rapid Response
Nancy Lindborg, president of Mercy Corps, takes a deep breath when she thinks about 2005. So far, to understate things just a little, it’s been a highly unusual year.
Pakistan: Latest from the Quake Zone
Cassandra Nelson is Mercy Corps' senior global media and communications officer, based in Islamabad, Pakistan. For the past week, she's been accompanying emergency-aid workers as they deliver medical care and assess ongoing needs in villages affected by the earthquake.
Pakistan: Q&A: Cassandra Nelson on the Pakistan Earthquake
Guatemala: Q&A: Graham Craft on the Central American Flooding
Pakistan: Relief Operations Expand in Pakistan
Four days after the quake struck, a Mercy Corps team has established itself in Jabori, north of Muzzafarabad. Jabori is the largest settlement in the remote Seraan valley, which is home to 100,000 people.
Pakistan: Pakistan Bound: Relief Worker Shares Her Expertise
From Heathrow airport, before boarding a plane to Islamabad, Susan Romanski, a member of Mercy Corps’ Global Emergency Operations team, stole a brief moment to call into the organization’s Portland headquarters.
Pakistan: Providing Immediate Aid to Earthquake Survivors in Pakistan
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: Reaching Out to Displaced Families
Sixty-seven-year-old Bernard Laviolett evacuated before the Hurricane Rita shattered the area he calls home. All the same, he sympathized with those who hadn’t.
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.