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 protect 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 ▸
All stories about Emergency response
India: Children Returning to Childhood in India January 26, 2005
Pondicherry, India - In the tiny village of Kanapathichettikullum, just 15 kilometers north of Pondicherry, the sixty concrete and thatch huts that make up this community bore an unimaginable brunt.
Indonesia: Four Stories from Banda Aceh January 4, 2005
Note: These stories were called in by Debbie Tomasowa, Mercy Corps Indonesia's Media Officer, from some of the most devastated areas of Banda Aceh
Sri Lanka: Field Report from Sri Lanka January 3, 2005
Note: Mercy Corps Senior Communications Officer Cassandra Nelson called these details in from Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka.
Indonesia: Reflection from Banda Aceh January 3, 2005
At a tiny airport in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, the biggest humanitarian assistance effort in human history is unfolding. This area is 'ground zero' to the tsunami disaster, the first hit and the last to receive aid because of the remote location and the destruction of infrastructure.
India: Terror in an Indian Village December 31, 2004
On December 28, 2004, a Mercy Corps partner organization, the Disaster Mitigation Institute (DMI), sent its tsunami relief team to the hard-hit village of Devanapatti in coastal India's Cuddalore district.
Indonesia: Mercy Corps Deploys Portland-Based Staffer to Southeast Asia December 27, 2004
The Bam Earthquake: One Year Later December 21, 2004
Afghanistan: A Day in the Life of an Aid Worker in Afghanistan October 29, 2004
Sudan: Displaced Kids Return to School in Darfur, but Many Are Still Left Out October 26, 2004
On a hot, dusty day, hundreds of students pour out of their makeshift school, notebooks in hand. Looking at the smiles on their faces, it could be any after-school scene, but these students have all been displaced from their homes in Darfur, Sudan.
Sudan: Lack of Sanitation and Hygiene in Darfur Contributing to Deaths October 26, 2004
In the dusty, crowded camps for people displaced in Zalingei, West Darfur, the living situation for the 58,000 new residents is almost unbearable. Children sit on the dirt ground covered with flies. They have long ago given up exerting the energy to swat them away.