Annual Report 2018

Woman smiling with phone at table
In Democratic Republic of Congo, Imani participates in a Mercy Corps safe space that empowers women to raise their voice.

No corner of the world has been untouched by crisis this past year: War in Yemen has left families on the brink of starvation. Conflict and natural disaster have ravaged entire populations. From Syria and Afghanistan to Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the challenges have never been greater.

But thanks to your support, we've never been better prepared to meet them.

This year we helped transform nearly 28 million lives with lifesaving aid, economic opportunities, peacebuilding initiatives and better governance. Our work in Yemen alone reached more than 3.7 million people, while our teams in the Democratic Republic of Congo reached more than 1 million. Everywhere we work, we seek to save lives, help communities recover from crisis, and leverage the power of innovative partnerships and technology.

We couldn't do it without you. Thank you for choosing to show up, speak up and stand up for those determined to build a better future. Thank you for making a better world possible.


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Neal Keny-Guyer, Chief Executive Officer

See the impact we're making together by exploring the stories below, or downloading the full report:

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Thanks to your support in 2018, we:

Reached nearly 28 million people in 40 countries, infused more than $32 million in emergency cash to local economies, helped more than 7.6 million women, children, and young people under age 25

Forging lifelines for communities in crisis
Abdullah comforts his daughter, Nehan, in a cholera isolation unit in Yemen. With your support, we're working to help families like theirs survive the humanitarian crisis in Yemen in as many ways as we can. For example, we're connecting health clinics like Nehan's to clean water and distributing emergency cash for urgent supplies and food.


In Yemen, ongoing conflict, political volatility and economic instability have displaced 3 million people over the past four years, leaving:

  • 17.8 million people without reliable access to food
  • 16 million people without safe water
  • 16.4 million without adequate health care

The country is on the brink of famine, in the midst of the worst cholera outbreak in recorded history, with an economy on the edge of collapse. Thanks to your support, Mercy Corps is there, partnering with peer organizations and local community members to help people survive the crisis.

One family's fight against cholera ▸
In Yemen, a father transforms an entire community ▸
Quick facts: What you need to know about the crisis in Yemen ▸

Championing local changemakers

Mercy Corps' global community of humanitarians stretches across beliefs and borders. It includes donors like you, team members, corporate partners, peer organizations, governments and, most importantly, the people in the communities we serve. To spark real and lasting change, we offer training and resources to help people become their own agents of change. We invest in the power of individuals to improve their own lives and contribute to a brighter future for their communities.

Editar reclaims her power in Kenya ▸
How a playground helped Farat find her voice ▸

Unlocking new possibilities for a better world

As technology transforms every aspect of modern life, millions of people are still struggling to meet basic needs and build secure lives for their families. With your support, we're harnessing the enormous potential of technology and collaborating with public and private organizations to pioneer new solutions in struggling communities. Together, we're helping people adapt to climate change, overcome economic hardship, survive through conflict and change their lives for the better.

Connecting refugees to critical information on their phones ▸
7 tech trends that are transforming humanitarian aid ▸
Why space is the next frontier in the fight for Niger's water ▸