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 nearly 4 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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Sri Lanka: Critical Assistance to Sri Lankan Communities
Sudan: Returning, Inspired
In 2005, Mercy Corps board member Linda Mason took a journey to Sudan's troubled Darfur region. During her time there, she witnessed Mercy Corps staff in action and took time to sit down with women in makeshift camps and listen to their inspiring stories.
Indonesia: Responding to Disaster, Preparing to Rebuild
On December 28, 2004, Mercy Corps’ Nigel Pont became one of the first international relief workers to reach the tsunami-decimated city of Banda Aceh, Indonesia.
India: New Growth in India
If necessity is the mother of invention, then perhaps calamity is the father of community. I thought about this as I stood in the full Indian sun, witnessing a scene that I never imagined could take place.
Indonesia: Faces on the Ground - Page 2
India: Children Returning to Childhood in India
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
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
Note: Mercy Corps Senior Communications Officer Cassandra Nelson called these details in from Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka.
Indonesia: Reflection from Banda Aceh
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
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.