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 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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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.
United States: A History of Domestic Emergency Response September 1, 2005
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
United States: Tales of Survival Broadcast from the Gulf Region August 31, 2005
There’s no telling how long it will be before survivors of Hurricane Katrina can safely return to their homes - or how many will have homes to return to.
United States: Veteran Aid Worker Says Agency Expertise will Bolster Rebuilding Effort August 31, 2005
Nick Macdonald, one of the first humanitarian workers on the ground in Sri Lanka after last December's Indian Ocean tsunami, is among a team of veteran disaster responders that Mercy Corps is assembling in Louisiana.
United States: Mercy Corps Partners with Episcopal Relief and Development to Aid Survivors of Hurricane Katrina August 30, 2005
As flood waters continue to inundate much of the U.S. Gulf Coast, Mercy Corps is partnering with Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) to meet the immediate and longer-term needs of people displaced from their homes in coastal Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi.
United States: Catastrophic Hurricane Strikes U.S. Gulf Coast August 29, 2005
Niger: Responding to Health Needs in Niger August 22, 2005
Mercy Corps has an emergency team on the ground in one of Niger’s most famine-stricken areas, helping serve malnourished children and families by improving the quality and reach of critical health care.
Niger: Team Deploys to Aid Niger’s Food Crisis August 12, 2005
Mercy Corps is sending two veteran aid workers to respond to the current food crisis in Niger. Team leader Christy Collins, a Seattle resident, departed from Portland today.
Niger: Famine in Niger: Millions at Risk August 10, 2005
More than 3.5 million people — including nearly one million children — in the West African nation of Niger are suffering from severe hunger and could die of starvation soon. You can act immediately to ensure lives are saved.
India: Mending Nets June 17, 2005
Oolakottai, India - The scene will remain with me forever.