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 ▸
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Classes and Games Help Kids Experiencing Post-Earthquake Trauma January 20, 2004
When he smiles Ali looks like an eight-year-old you might meet anywhere in the world. His face lights up and reveals a big gap that is waiting for a front tooth to take its place.
"The Destruction is Overwhelming" January 18, 2004
House Destroyed by Quake, A Family Finds Comfort at Mercy Corps Shelter January 7, 2004
BAM, Iran - Eight days after their home was completely destroyed in the earthquake, the Ghaemabadi family is settling into their new, temporary home: a large, five-person winterized tent in a camp for the displaced and homeless.
Mercy Corps Works to Meet the Needs of the Survivors in Bam, Iran January 7, 2004
Mercy Corps Opens Shelter, Provides Relief to Quake Survivors in Iran January 6, 2004
Additional Mercy Corps Supplies, Staff Arrive in Iran Quake Area December 31, 2003
Mercy Corps staff members at the scene of the destructive earthquake in southeastern Iran are continuing to provide emergency assistance to families left homeless by Friday's disaster.
Afghanistan: In Afghanistan, Mercy and Mayhem December 14, 2003
A hellish predawn raid by truckloads of suspected Taliban gunmen took the life of a Mercy Corps veteran in Afghanistan in August. The violence didn't stop there. That wrenching episode was the second murder in a year, a horrible stretch for our relief workers.
Afghanistan: Optimism is High; But Afghans Fear The Window of Opportunity is Closing November 19, 2003
Tackling Natural Disasters in the Ferghana Valley October 16, 2003
[Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on the website of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs IRINnews
Bosnia: A Fractured Country October 2, 2003