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
Photo: Corinna Robbins/Mercy Corps
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.
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.
How you can help
United States: Sharing warm meals across Puerto Rico
Each day our team works with the World Central Kitchen team to pack up and distribute about 500 meals to hard-hit communities in Puerto Rico.
Syria: Raqqa gripped by humanitarian crisis after months of fighting
Residents of Raqqa face a lack of food, power and water as well as lingering violence after being captured from ISIS. Mercy Corps is outside of the city working to provide displaced families with essential supplies.
United States: Providing cash to Puerto Ricans in need
Three weeks after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, families are still in desperate need of basic supplies. Mercy Corps is providing emergency cash cards so people can buy what they need most.
South Sudan: In South Sudan, famine threat still looms
While South Sudan is no longer technically experiencing famine, the reality on the ground remains dire. An estimated 6 million people — more than half the population — are at risk, and 1.7 million people require immediate assistance.
United States: Our first days in Puerto Rico: An on-the-ground report
Members of our emergency response team are now on the ground in Puerto Rico and assessing the situation to see how we can best support local efforts to deliver humanitarian assistance.
Haiti: One year after Hurricane Matthew, seeds of hope return
One year after Hurricane Matthew devastated the island nation, the people of Haiti are rebuilding their livelihoods.
Iraq: With war over, Mosul faces its next battle: recovery
In the aftermath of the brutal fight to liberate the city, over a million people are left to rebuild their lives amid severe destruction. Here's what they're facing, and how we're helping.
Indonesia: Monitoring the volcano in Bali
Mercy Corps is monitoring the Agung volcano in Bali, Indonesia, which has experienced a recent increase in seismic activity that indicates a possible eruption.
Responding in Puerto Rico
Mercy Corps has a team on the ground in Puerto Rico working with local organizations to deliver humanitarian assistance and start rebuilding the communities ravaged by the hurricane.
Our thoughts are with Mexico: Monitoring the earthquake in Mexico City
After a 7.1 earthquake hit Mexico City, Mercy Corps is monitoring as the situation develops and stands ready to help should the Mexican government request our assistance.