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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Liberia: Mercy Corps Launches Emergency Water Program
In response to evidence of increased cases of cholera and other waterborne diseases, Mercy Corps is launching an emergency water supply program in Liberia to help victims of civil war cut off from clean water.
Tajikistan: ECHO Disaster Preparedness Project
Pakistan: Diary of an Aid Worker
Rachel Lieber is the Grants and Reports Manager in Mercy Corps' South Asia Regional Office in Islamabad, Pakistan. She has agreed to provide periodic updates about her work and life in Pakistan.
Mercy Corps Responds to Hunger and Drought in Eritrea
In five regions of northern Eritrea, Mercy Corps has begun to distribute critical food commodities to 150,000 drought-affected people.
Afghanistan: Aid Groups Raise Concerns on Use of Coalition Reconstruction Teams in Afghanistan
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
"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
United States: Program Lends Comfort to New York City's Largest School District
Afghanistan: The Road Ahead
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
Up to 15 million people in Ethiopia and Eritrea could face famine conditions in the coming months, according to officials with the United Nations.