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 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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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.
United States: Hurricane Rita Response Team Mobilizes in the Gulf
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