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 protect 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: A powerful partnership in northern Afghanistan April 30, 2002
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: Dozens killed, 100 injured in new Afghan quake April 12, 2002
A third powerful earthquake to hit northern Afghanistan in less then two months has killed dozens of people and injured hundreds. The magnitude 5.8 quake struck early Friday morning and was centered near the village of Doabi in the Nahrin district about 100 miles north of Kabul.
Afghanistan: Mercy Corps staff report "total devastation" in villages hit by quake March 27, 2002
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 February 24, 2002
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 February 1, 2002
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 January 16, 2002
Afghanistan: Mercy Corps Founder: There is no victory while millions suffer January 14, 2002
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 January 7, 2002
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” December 31, 2001
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.
Afghanistan: Needs remain great in southern Afghanistan December 28, 2001
The situation in Kandahar, Afghanistan is both hopeful and dire.