When children and families around the world are suffering through conflict, poverty and disaster, Mercy Corps is there to respond with lifesaving relief and long-term support.
We are on the ground in more than 40 countries, empowering people to survive crisis, build better lives and transform their communities for good. After an emergency, we work quickly to meet the urgent needs of survivors and give people the resources they need to build back even stronger.
Thanks to our global community of supporters and partners, we are able to help millions of families during their time of need — providing lifesaving assistance to Syrian refugees, reaching survivors after natural disasters like the earthquakes in Nepal, and distributing critical seeds and tools to displaced families in South Sudan.
Our response during and after emergencies ensures that people are empowered to strengthen their communities from within. Now, and for the future.
The Syria crisis
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As the war in Syria continues with no end in sight, the resulting humanitarian crisis has left millions of children and families suffering the consequences. We're working to support some 2.5 million people affected by the crisis, including around 470,000 people inside Syria whom we provide with lifesaving food and relief every month.
We have responded to almost every global natural disaster in the last 20 years, including the Hurricane in Haiti, the Nepal earthquakes, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Japan tsunami, the Haiti earthquake, the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa, and the Indian Ocean tsunami.
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In 2015, two powerful earthquakes killed thousands and devastated Nepal. Historic sites tumbled, roads were blocked by dangerous landslides, and thousands of homes were destroyed. Our team responded quickly to deliver emergency supplies to those in need, and now they are working hard to make sure that the people of Nepal recover.
Families in conflict
Ongoing conflict brings more than just violence: it can compromise local food supplies, drive families from their homes and leave entire communities devastated for years to come.
Our seasoned emergency responders work through conflict in places like Yemen, Gaza, Ukraine, Iraq, South Sudan and the Central African Republic to distribute critical supplies, protect families uprooted by ongoing violence, and help communities rebuild.
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South Sudan has been in turmoil since political conflict erupted in 2013, just two years after the country gained its independence in 2011. Now, 1 in 3 people are displaced and millions are at risk of starvation. The ongoing conflict has thrown the country into chaos and devastated the economy and food supply.
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As forces battle to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from ISIS, families in the region are bracing for the effects of more violence. Already hundreds of thousands of families have fled their homes due to fighting, and more may soon be forced to flee the city of Mosul, which is still home to roughly 1.5 million people.
Photo: Corinna Robbins/Mercy Corps
In the Lake Chad Basin, drought and massive displacement due to violence from Boko Haram are converging to create a dire humanitarian crisis. In Nigeria alone, roughly 4.4 million people are in need of food assistance and many children are suffering from severe malnutrition. It’s a complicated crisis, and we are still learning about the true consequences that this conflict will have on families in the areas where we work.
How you can help
Yemen: In Yemen, one family’s fight against cholera
When Abdullah’s 7-year-old daughter Nehan fell ill with cholera, he brought her to a local Mercy Corps-supported health clinic. As one family fights this disease, millions of others in Yemen are suffering amidst a massive humanitarian crisis.
Indonesia: Meet our Indonesia earthquake response team
Meet members of the Indonesia emergency response team who are on the ground now focused on helping Indonesians survive and recover after a devastating earthquake and tsunami.
Indonesia: Quick facts: Indonesia earthquakes, tsunamis and other natural disasters
Indonesia has coped with the challenges of natural disasters for hundreds of years. Learn more about them and how you can help the island country recover from this latest disaster.
United States: Carmen's story: Recovering from disaster by rebuilding the past
Puerto Rico's most vulnerable residents continue to deal with hardship one year after Hurricane Maria, but with your help, we're building beyond disaster.
Bangladesh: Rohingya refugee crisis: Quick facts
The Rohingya refugee crisis is one of the world's fastest growing refugee crises. Here's what you need to know about this disaster — and what you can do to help.
United States: Accelerating Puerto Rico’s economic recovery with Google volunteers
In partnership with Google, Mercy Corps is working in Puerto Rico to help small business owners - and the natural areas they rely on - recover from Hurricane Maria.
Colombia: Out of tragedy, a new family forms
When Oriana fled with her children to Colombia, she found herself with both less and more than she bargained for: living under a bridge with a large, surrogate family of equally desperate Venezuelan refugees. Here's her story.
Colombia: Tales of desperation: Venezuelans fleeing to Colombia
At any given moment, hundreds of men, women, children -- entire families -- are crossing from Venezuela into Colombia in search of a better life.
Jordan, Syria: Lifting weights and spirits: How a women’s gym forged a friendship
The Syrian refugee crisis is complex and full of challenges. But Lena and Leila's story is proof of one thing we know for certain: bringing refugees and their neighbors together can transform entire communities for good.
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.