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.
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A hotter planet, a hungrier world
The impacts of climate change are pummeling nations around the world. But for the poor, the consequences are particularly destructive: more poverty, more hunger. We can't end these plights, then, if we don't tackle climate change, too.
Afghanistan: 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, Indonesia, Somalia, Sri Lanka: 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.
China: Kindergartens at heart of post-earthquake recovery
School supplies are helping schools reopen while we train educators how to better prepare for the next emergency.
Haiti: What does resilience look like?
Discussions at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting this week will focus on how to better prepare for and minimize disasters of the future. In Haiti, we've been investing in communities to do just that.
Haiti: Three years later, investing in the long-term
Since the January 2010 earthquake, Mercy Corps has reached more than 1.6 million people with lifesaving assistance. Now, we're investing in youth, small business owners and rural communities to build back stronger.