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 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.
We're also working to support nearly two million people affected by the crisis in Syria, a long-term humanitarian disaster with no end in site. Learn more about our ongoing response to the Syrian refugee crisis ▸
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Afghanistan: A family struggles to survive in Afghanistan July 18, 2001
Mullah Hatem is 75 years old. Two months ago he was forced to leave his home in Ghor Province and take his family further south in search of food and water. He is sick and cannot afford to feed his family, let alone visit a doctor.
Kosovo: Thousands Flee Fighting in Macedonia June 15, 2001
As thousands of families flee fighting in Macedonia, Mercy Corps and its local partners are providing critical aid to refugees entering neighboring Kosovo.
Afghanistan: Gates Foundation sends relief to Afghanistan June 14, 2001
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is providing $300,000 for Mercy Corps’ Afghan Drought Relief and Rehabilitation project.
Mercy Corps Recieves $10 Million Grant for Reintegration of Ethnic Minorities in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina May 23, 2001
Mercy Corps has won a $10 million grant for an Economic and Community Revitalization Activity to address the crucial and evolving needs of war-affected communities in Croatia and facilitate minority refugee return to Bosnia.
Afghanistan: Crisis in Afghanistan: A report from the front line March 28, 2001
Escalating conflict has rendered an estimated 80,000 people homeless. Many were forced to flee their homes on foot, with only the clothes on their backs.
Tajikistan: Vose Emergency Resettlement Project March 19, 2001
Mercy Corps Participates in Global Food Program January 4, 2001
Mercy Corps Prepares For Expansion of Serbia Program October 6, 2000
Mercy Corps Belgrade prepares to expand its aid in response to the dramatic changes occurring in Serbia.
North Korea: Aid Builds Bridges, Saves Lives in North Korea August 23, 2000
Afghanistan: Field report from northern Afghanistan August 18, 2000
According to our sources, this is the latest news from northern Afghanistan: 17 August: the front line was 20-23 kms west of Taloqan with a major advance by the Northern Alliance pushing the Taliban back. However, the Taliban re-attacked and fighting was said to be intense.