The cost of natural disasters is high, but lives can be saved before they ever occur. As climate change and increasingly erratic weather patterns increase the risks of devastating storms, droughts and floods, we are helping communities identify, assess and reduce their risks. Creating response plans and resilient strategies now can help better protect people tomorrow.
United States: In Puerto Rico, one community leader prepares for what's next
As Puerto Rico continues to recover from Hurricane Maria, we're working with community leaders like Maria Torres Ramos to help people prepare and build resilience in anticipation of future storms.
United States: 8 months after Hurricane Maria, another hurricane season looms in Puerto Rico
Karla Peña, resilience program manager in Puerto Rico, shares how people are recovering from Hurricane Maria as they also prepare for the new hurricane season.
Nepal: The long road to recovery: Three years after quake, Nepalis push ahead
Learn what recovery has been like for some of the people Mercy Corps worked with in the years since an earthquake devastated communities in Nepal.
Helping communities recover faster after disaster
A study Mercy Corps implemented with JPMorgan Chase and the SEEP network found that two main factors drastically impact the speed and sustainability of community recovery. Learn more about what they are.
Quick facts: What you need to know about U.S. foreign aid
U.S. foreign assistance plays a critical role in saving lives and lifting people out of poverty around the world. With humanitarian funding from many partners, including the U.S.
India, Somalia: Indian Ocean tsunami: Ten years later
It's been a decade since the Indian Ocean tsunami ravaged communities from Indonesia to East Africa. Take a look back at the historic response and how people recovered.
Nepal: Testing a new way to better prepare communities for disaster
In some of the most vulnerable areas, we're working through local volunteers like Hanesh to reduce their communities' risks when natural disasters strike.
China: Progress report: Rebuilding communities one year after quake
One year after an earthquake devastated rural China, we're looking back on the recovery effort and looking ahead toward long-term rebuilding.
Indonesia, Philippines: Meet our field staff: Dewi
When Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, Dewi Hanifah, a seasoned first responder, was quickly deployed to the devastated region.
Guatemala: Building homes and resilience in communities struck by quake
We responded immediately when natural disaster devastated rural communities in Guatemala, and we stayed beyond the emergency to help them build back better.