Life can change for millions of families in an instant: natural disasters can 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 and Indian Ocean tsunami.
Right now, our seasoned emergency responders are on the ground in the Philippines working to rush critical supplies to survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan. The most pressing needs are clean water, sanitation, temporary shelter and food.
We're also working to support nearly two million people affected by the crisis in Syria. This is a long-term humanitarian disaster with no end in site; we are committed to helping Syrian refugees and their host communities in Jordan and Lebanon, providing clean water, household supplies, improved shelter and support for children to heal from trauma.
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Philippines: Addressing children's needs during relief efforts December 5, 2013
New safe spaces give kids a place to play and find support while we help their parents rebuild after Typhoon Haiyan.
Philippines: Reflections on helping typhoon survivors in Tacloban December 4, 2013
Emergency Program Manager Dewi Hanifah traveled to Tacloban in the first days after Typhoon Haiyan. Read about her experiences delivering aid in the aftermath of the disaster.
Philippines: The most trusted woman on the island November 29, 2013
From survivor to leader — Sara Godon's determination to help her neighbors is an example of the resilience our teams are witnessing in the Philippines.
Philippines: Locally-sourced relief supplies help families start recovery November 26, 2013
Our logistics staff is working with Filipino suppliers to rush relief to survivors more quickly — and help the local economy bounce back.
Iraq, Syria: Expanding support for Syrian refugees in Iraq November 25, 2013
The number of Syrians fleeing to Iraq tripled in the last year. We've mobilized to help refugees prepare for winter and find work to support their families.
Philippines: Delivering food and water to remote islands November 21, 2013
Mercy Corps' emergency response team is focused on reaching Typhoon Haiyan survivors on isolated islands that have yet to receive critical assistance.
Philippines: Displaced families seeking help in cities November 19, 2013
Millions were displaced by Typhoon Haiyan. Mercy Corps' Emergency Team Leader shares what it's like for families in evacuation centers far from where their homes once stood.
Philippines: “Now, everything is gone” November 18, 2013
Twenty-year-old Michelle Elemento and her family are a few of the thousands with stories of tragic loss and worries about how to face the future after Typhoon Haiyan.
Philippines: Emergency team leader discusses what's needed most November 16, 2013
Earlier this week, Mark Ferdig shared how the response team — now on the ground in Cebu — prepares to help survivors quickly.
Somalia: Rapid response team assessing needs after deadly cyclone November 15, 2013
Days of torrential rains caused unprecedented flooding in both coastal and pastoral areas, wiping out homes and livestock on which families depend.