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 nearly 4 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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Voices of Courage
Before May 1992, Zejneba Sarajlic and Stana Avramovic were mere acquaintances who occasionally greeted each other while shopping or passing on the street but whose age and ethnicity kept them apart.
Afghanistan: Returning to the ruins of Dehwarian
As I approached Dehwairan there was a crowd of men gathered on a hillside. They were exhuming mass graves left behind from the Taliban, hoping to find family members that were missing after the war. Ghosts passed by riding on donkeys.
Afghanistan: A powerful partnership in northern Afghanistan
After six months of extreme challenges and rapidly changing circumstances, Mercy Corps, The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and World Vision International (WVI) are finishing a highly successful project in Northern Afghanistan.
Afghanistan: Mercy Corps staff report "total devastation" in villages hit by quake
Mercy Corps staff in northern Afghanistan report widespread damage to homes and infrastructure in Nahrin and surrounding villages following severe earthquakes and continuing aftershocks that began on Monday. The number of injured is likely to rise as rescue teams reach outlying villages.
Mongolia: Livelihoods Destroyed as 800,000 Livestock Perish in Mongolia—Emergency Relief Efforts Underway
Extraordinarily harsh winter weather in Mongolia has killed more than 800,000 animals - the cattle, horses, goats and camels that many nomadic Mongolians rely on for survival.
Indonesia: Heavy Rains leave 300,000 homeless in Indonesia
Torrential monsoon rains have caused widespread flooding in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta this week, forcing more than 300,000 residents to flee their homes in search of shelter in mosques, churches and schools.
Pakistan: Field Update: Mercy Corps Preparing Large Refugee Transition Near Pakistan Border
Afghanistan: Mercy Corps Founder: There is no victory while millions suffer
Taliban and al-Qaida forces in Afghanistan appear, in large part, to be defeated. Their corpses litter the desolate landscape; their survivors are fleeing to their dark hideouts or are in detention.
Afghanistan: Rehabilitation Program improving lives of disabled Afghans
For Afghan families living in the refugee villages in Baluchistan Province, Pakistan, the challenges they face each day are enormous. This is especially true for those who are disabled, as well as for those who must care for disabled relatives, children and friends.
Afghanistan: “We were born from this ground and we are not leaving”
KANDAHAR CITY, Afghanistan - This week the markets and bazaars of Kandahar are open and there appears to be a feeling of hope. The dusty streets are congested with motorized rickshaws, pick-up trucks and old Russian made four-wheelers.