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 team up with communities 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, 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 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 ▸
All stories about Emergency response
Indonesia: Responding to Disaster, Preparing to Rebuild March 8, 2005
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.
Pakistan: Responding to Severe Weather in Pakistan February 16, 2005
Mercy Corps is distributing emergency food and supplies in Pakistan to help people in Baluchistan, Pakistan cope with high amounts of precipitation that have led to severe snowfall in the north and flooding in the south of the province.
India: New Growth in India February 15, 2005
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 February 14, 2005
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