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.
Photo: Miguel Samper for Mercy Corps
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.
Photo: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps
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.
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Libya: Relativity strikes back
It was a particularly active night in Misrata. Windy, cloudy and every 15 minutes or so....boom! We were too far from the city center to feel the blasts, but remembering each time that the blast was on or next to someone's house is difficult... Silence. The bombardment stopped.
Libya: My first impressions in Libya
As we handed him our passports, I was a little nervous. I spent the last two years in Iraq and Pakistan and was used to not necessarily being totally welcome as an American.
Libya: Uneasiness on a boat to Misrata, Libya
My first long boat trip. I normally don't suffer from motion sickness but, on this trip, I was a little nervous. Fifteen hours and much work to be done on the boat — then even more work once we hit the ground.
Libya: Volunteer cook for thousands
In Sami Shakmak's restaurant, a volunteer cook makes part of a meal for thousands of people affected by Libya's ongoing crisis.
Libya: Hot meals for Libya's poor and displaced
Libya: Aiding Misrata
Mercy Corps is assisting humanitarian evacuations of besieged residents of Misrata, a city in western Libya that has seen heavy fighting in recent days.
Libya: On my way to Libya, but breathing easier now
"...go down in the city, and the sun shines on the bay..." Darkness. What? Huh? Where am I? In a van. On my way to Libya. I fell asleep. What's that sound? Ah, my cell phone. Country code 88? Satellite phone. Fadl! "Hey man, I made it."
Japan: Holding back the tears
One of the most moving things for me on this job has been the number of people — almost all of them men of a certain age — we’ve spoken to who have seemed continuously on the point of tears, and yet instead of breaking down continued to do the unthanked, essential work they are doing.
Japan: A long-awaited, welcoming soak
Japan: Aftershocks, observations and thankfulness
Five nights ago, we had what they call a 6.9 earthquake here and I’ve heard described variously as a 7.1 and 7.4 in foreign media. By any standard it was rugged.