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 refugees who’ve fled the ongoing war in Syria, and we reach roughly 470,000 people inside Syria every month with lifesaving food and relief.
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 5 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.
Photo: Christy Delafield/Mercy Corps
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.
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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.
Indonesia: Emergency support ready in disaster-prone region
Our Indonesia Response Team is positioned to rush relief to families when emergencies like this month's flooding in West Java strike this vulnerable nation.
South Sudan: Mercy Corps welcomes ceasefire, calls for increased access to those in need
With this agreement, we and our colleagues hope there will be a quick improvement in the security conditions that help us reach more people with food, water and supplies.
Central African Republic: Distributing food, addressing sanitation needs as violence spreads
The situation continues to deteriorate in CAR, where we are helping prevent the spread of disease and rushing supplies to families uprooted by fighting.
Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: The human toll of the Syria crisis must be addressed long term
As civil war enters its fourth year, we're helping refugees and host countries cope with prolonged displacement — and urge international leaders to do the same.
Philippines: A child's safe haven helps families cope
Merlyn and her three children can't go home again. Child Centered Spaces give the young mother peace of mind as they recover from Typhoon Haiyan.
Central African Republic: Emergency response focused on protection and hygiene
Over 500,000 people have fled their homes in the last month, seeking safety from increasingly sectarian violence centered in the capital of Bangui.
South Sudan: Emergency response expands outside Juba
Fighting continues to spread throughout South Sudan, where Mercy Corps is now working to deliver clean water and reach displaced families outside camps.
Philippines: Rebuilding for Baby Yolee
Born just hours before Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, Baby Yolee survived in the safety of her mother's arms. But there is nothing left for the family to call home.
South Sudan: Responding to unraveling crisis as violence threatens thousands
Terrified families have sought refuge in Juba's U.N. compounds, where Mercy Corps is distributing critical supplies.