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 3.7 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: Back to School
Kotlipaeen, North West Frontier Province — A cool morning rain can't dampen the enthusiasm of school children revved up for a special celebration. Neither can grim reminders of the devastating earthquake last fall that all but flattened this 4,000-person village.
Pakistan: Shifting from Relief to Recovery
Mercy Corps aid workers are winding down the agency's extensive shelter-building effort as recovery takes center stage in the mountainside villages in northern Pakistan, where residents struggle to recover from October's 7.6-magnitude earthquake.
Pakistan: Blankets Aid Wintertime Survival
United States: It Takes a Neighborhood
New Orleans, Louisiana — It's shortly after 10 a.m. on a chilly Saturday, and Reverend Gilbert Scie is raking debris from the storm grate across from the Greater Little Zion M.B. Church - the congregation he pastors.
United States: Comforting Kids Along the Gulf Coast
New Orleans — Twelve-year-old Danshawn cracked a smile as he sifted through the items in the light-blue Nike backpack he'd just received. "I got a bear, some supplies, a radio and some (playing) cards," he said.
Niger: Help Nigerien Mothers Like Fatima
Fatima lives with her husband and their six children in Sanam, a remote village in Niger that's accessed only by a barely passable dirt road.
Guatemala: Rebuilding Lives While Respecting Cultures
As Guatemalan families return to what's left of their shattered villages, Mercy Corps stands committed to helping them recover from the destruction and despair that Hurricane Stan brought to their country.
Mercy Corps Forms Avian Influenza Task Force
Mercy Corps has created an agency-wide Avian Influenza Task Force (AITF) in response to the growing threat of avian influenza around the world, and especially in developing nations where the agency works.
United States: The Story of 2118 Dumaine Street
Pakistan: Winter in a Homemade Shelter
Wali Khan is smiling now.