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.
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
Greece: Quick facts: What you need to know about cash as aid
In the last decade, cash transfer programming has gained tremendous momentum across the aid sector; in 2016, the UN Secretary General called for it to be the default method of support for crisis-affected people where the situation allows. Find out what you need to know about cash.
Indonesia: Monitoring needs in Aceh, Indonesia after earthquake
Mercy Corps carefully and quickly evaluates every emergency and where we can best meet immediate needs. We do not have a presence in the Indonesian province affected by last week's earthquake, and the Indonesian government has not indicated that our assistance is needed.
Nigeria: The lifesaving power of cash
When 16-year-old Zulyatu was left alone to care for her siblings, Mercy Corps gave her a powerful tool to help keep them alive: cash.
Syria, Turkey: Far from home, refugee family finds they’re not alone
When Fediya and Feras fled Syria, they left behind their home, community and the support from Mercy Corps that was helping them survive. As refugees in Turkey, they struggled to get by — until Mercy Corps knocked on their door again.
Nigeria: The new threat for survivors of Boko Haram
For millions of Nigerians who've escaped the terror of Boko Haram, the struggle to survive isn't over. In their places of refuge a new danger lingers: hunger.
Yemen: In the face of hunger, a doctor's knowledge goes viral
Some 14 million people in Yemen people don't have the food they need. Learn how one doctor is challenging traditional beliefs and teaching mothers why exclusive breastfeeding is the best way to keep their children healthy and fed.
Syria: Q&A: How bread is helping families survive in Syria
Before the war in Syria, bread was a staple food for families there. Now, after more than five years of conflict, it's a lifeline. Find out how we're getting this critical food to war-torn communities, and helping Syrians feed their families.
Haiti: Our response to Hurricane Matthew
We are working to help meet urgent needs and lay the groundwork for recovery after Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. Learn about our response.
Haiti: From the field: How we're reaching hard-hit families after Hurricane Matthew
Our team is on the ground rushing emergency supplies to hurricane survivors in the hard-hit southern peninsula. Despite extensive damage to roads and bridges, learn how we're getting to those who need our help the most.
Haiti: Update: Preparing to meet emergency needs after Hurricane Matthew
As the impact of the hurricane becomes clearer, our team is preparing a response to help meet urgent needs and lay the groundwork for recovery.