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 natural 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.
Our seasoned emergency responders worked through the recent 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 ▸
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United States: Program Lends Comfort to New York City's Largest School District November 19, 2002
Afghanistan: The Road Ahead October 28, 2002
Much progress has been made in Afghanistan, but the needs of the nation remain enormous. This month, Afghan Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani said the government needs up to $20 billion over the next five years to rebuild the country and end its dependence on foreign aid.
Up to 15 Million in Horn of Africa Face Starvation October 15, 2002
Up to 15 million people in Ethiopia and Eritrea could face famine conditions in the coming months, according to officials with the United Nations.
Tajikistan: A Little Health Learning Goes a Long Way October 14, 2002
What do you do with toothpaste?
USDA Donates Commodities to Support Mercy Corps Programs October 2, 2002
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced the donation of agricultural commodities to support Mercy Corps development programs in Kyrgyzstan, Eritrea, and Lebanon.
United States: Bringing Comfort To Kids One Year Later September 11, 2002
NEW YORK, NY - In a Hunter College classroom on New York's Upper East Side a Mercy Corps Comfort For Kids Program training session begins.
United States: Remembering September 11, 2001 August 30, 2002
China: Mercy Corps Sends Aid For China Floods July 26, 2002
Mercy Corps is assisting families displaced by last month's severe floods in China. Working with its local partner, the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA), Mercy Corps is distributing essential non-food items to families in Shaaix, Sichuan, Hunan, Fujian and Chongqung.
Afghanistan: Building a Community of Participation July 23, 2002
"Self-sustaining" and "community empowerment" are two terms found in almost every humanitarian assistance plan. Overused and sometimes overlooked, they represent the cornerstone of long-term success.
Afghanistan: Rebuilding Opportunity July 11, 2002
It was supposed to be 18 kilometers of life, flowing through rural villages and farms as steady as a summer breeze. It would be a welcome elixir that would keep families and livestock healthy, while allowing an impoverished region to claw its way to economic prosperity.