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.
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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South Sudan: Escalating warfare drives more families toward hunger
Increasingly brutal fighting has put 4.6 million people at risk of going hungry — the highest number since the start of the crisis. Learn how we're helping families meet their urgent needs for survival.
Lebanon, Syria: The struggle to build a home away from home
For refugee families like Daad’s, even the basics are hard to come by. They need better shelter, more food, and perhaps most importantly this summer: clean water.
Jordan, Syria: Q+A: What you need to know about water scarcity in Jordan
Water is alarmingly scarce in Jordan. We spoke with a Mercy Corps water engineer about how his team is working to fix the problem and ensure that Jordanians and Syrian refugees have access to clean water.
Yemen: Staff speak out about work in a conflict zone
Two of our team members report from war-torn Yemen on how they're persevering to reach people in need despite ongoing clashes.
Ukraine: Reaching families on the front lines of conflict
What do people living on the “line of contact” in eastern Ukraine need most? Safe shelter and clean water. Learn more about how we’re helping people cope.
Kenya, Somalia: The long journey home
Many refugees of the Somali civil war never thought they’d be able to return. Follow one man’s journey and learn how we’re helping Somali refugees in Kenya find their way back home.
Nepal: Cash stimulates recovery in villages shattered by quake
Find out how local shopkeepers are helping us get money to vulnerable families in hard-to-reach communities.
Jordan, Syria: We asked refugees: What did you bring with you?
Many Syrian refugees fled with only seconds to grab what matters to them most. These personal items are now bittersweet symbols of home and hope.
Jordan, Syria: What do refugees need after leaving everything behind?
People who escape the war in Syria leave nearly empty-handed and now have few options to support themselves. See some of the items we provide to help them maintain their new life.
West Bank and Gaza: A year after conflict, families are determined to rebuild
Rebuilding is difficult in any situation, but in Gaza, it’s nearly impossible. Learn how we’re helping families cope and move forward.