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 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 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
Sri Lanka: Sewalanka Foundation: Responding to Immediate Needs
When a disaster devastates a community, many relief organizations immediately direct their attention toward the biggest, most obvious crises: food, shelter, emergency medical aid, and the plight of children. Other, equally pressing needs are sometimes overlooked.
India: Partnering for Families in Coastal India
Mercy Corps is restoring livelihoods and ensuring a better, more secure future for many of the estimated 890,000 tsunami-affected residents of the southeastern state of Tamil Nadu.
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.
Pakistan: Responding to Severe Weather in Pakistan
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
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