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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United States: It Takes a Neighborhood
New Orleans, Louisiana — It's shortly after 10 a.m. on a chilly Saturday, and Reverend Gilbert Scie is raking debris from the storm grate across from the Greater Little Zion M.B. Church - the congregation he pastors.
United States: Comforting Kids Along the Gulf Coast
New Orleans — Twelve-year-old Danshawn cracked a smile as he sifted through the items in the light-blue Nike backpack he'd just received. "I got a bear, some supplies, a radio and some (playing) cards," he said.
Niger: Help Nigerien Mothers Like Fatima
Fatima lives with her husband and their six children in Sanam, a remote village in Niger that's accessed only by a barely passable dirt road.
Guatemala: Rebuilding Lives While Respecting Cultures
As Guatemalan families return to what's left of their shattered villages, Mercy Corps stands committed to helping them recover from the destruction and despair that Hurricane Stan brought to their country.
Mercy Corps Forms Avian Influenza Task Force
Mercy Corps has created an agency-wide Avian Influenza Task Force (AITF) in response to the growing threat of avian influenza around the world, and especially in developing nations where the agency works.
United States: The Story of 2118 Dumaine Street
Pakistan: Winter in a Homemade Shelter
Wali Khan is smiling now.
United States: Reclaiming Neighborhoods
Bienville Ancar didn't just lose his house and business to Hurricane Katrina. Like so many of his neighbors, he lost history, a sense of place and the feeling of home.
Indonesia: Plotting a Better Future
As she surveys the red dots, blue lines and multicolored polygons projected on a screen, Daphne Karypis sees much more than a map of Indonesia’s Aceh Province. She sees the future of humanitarian work.
Sudan: Class is in Session
El Shebab Camp, Darfur, Sudan — Nasir Adam Yago likes studying English almost as much as he likes playing soccer - and he's had a chance to do much more of both since Mercy Corps established a school here in August.