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
Mercy Corps Sends NW Grain to Drought-Stricken Eritrea February 10, 2004
Mercy Corps Meeting Immediate Needs, Addressing Long-Term Concerns of Bam's Residents January 27, 2004
One month after a devastating earthquake leveled this ancient town in southeastern Iran, there remain massive emergency and long-term concerns for the more than 70,000 people left homeless and living in tents and makeshift shelters.
"Relief From All Corners of the World" January 21, 2004
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.