Mercy Corps is a recognized leader in responding to disasters under some of the world’s most difficult conditions and has the immediate capacity to respond to the needs of existing IDPs, host communities, and returnees resulting from conflict or natural disaster. Mercy Corps interventions include emergency response to vulnerable populations and draw on our expertise in water and sanitation, early economic recovery, and disaster trauma support for children and adults. Aspects of emergency response programming also focus on increasing civil society capacity and good governance and often emphasize activities centered on the role of youth and conflict mitigation in communities.
Mercy Corps has a dedicated team that works to strengthen the agency's overall emergency response capacity by supporting on-going initiatives relating to training, the documentation of lessons learned, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and ongoing participation and coordination with colleague agencies through a variety of interagency working groups.
Mercy Corps helped communities recover from dozens of emergencies, including the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004; conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2006; the China earthquake and Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar in 2008; the Padang earthquake in 2009; the Kyrgyzstan conflict in 2010, the 2010 Haiti earthquake and the Japan earthquake and tsunami. As a result, Mercy Corps has become an acknowledged expert in disaster response strategies that address immediate humanitarian needs while also preparing communities for a sustainable recovery.