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 ▸
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Afghanistan: Aid Groups Raise Concerns on Use of Coalition Reconstruction Teams in Afghanistan March 4, 2003
In Kabul, late November 2002, the U.S.-led Coalition Forces in Afghanistan first presented to the international humanitarian community their new concept for deploying "Joint Regional Teams," now relabeled Provincial Reconstruction Teams, or PRTs.
Afghanistan: New Beginnings in Northern Afghanistan January 24, 2003
"I want to spend a little and do big things," says Dr. Mohammad Nasser Foushanji, Mercy Corps' Finance Manager and Liaison Officer for Local Government in northern Afghanistan. Not a surprising statement coming from a man who has already done many very big things in his life.
A Drought Like No Other in Eritrea December 9, 2002
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