Mercy Corps Impact Report 2018

Further, Faster, Together
In Democratic Republic of Congo, Imani (left) and her daughter, Desanges, participate in a Mercy Corps safe space that empowers girls to raise their voice.


Dear friend of Mercy Corps,

This year has seen a rise in humanitarian need to almost unprecedented levels across many of the countries where we work. Ongoing war in Yemen has left families struggling to survive, natural disasters and climatic events are increasing the vulnerability of communities in much of Africa, and complex long-term crises in Syria, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Afghanistan mean that our work is more needed than ever.

Despite these challenging times, our 5,500 team members continue to leverage the power of innovative partnerships and technology, and are working harder than ever to address the root causes of these humanitarian crises and bring opportunities to those living in the most difficult of contexts.

This year, with your support, we helped to improve the lives of almost 28 million people. Thank you for choosing to show up, speak up and stand up for those determined to build a better future.

Thank you for making a better world possible.

Simon O'Connell, Executive Director, Mercy Corps

See the impact we're making together by exploring the stories below, or downloading the full report.


Download the 2018 Impact Report (PDF) ▸

Thanks to your support in 2018, we:

Impact Report 2018 stats

Forging lifelines for communities in crisis
Abdullah comforts his daughter, Nehan, in a cholera isolation unit in Yemen. With your support, we're working to help families like theirs survive the humanitarian crisis in Yemen in as many ways as we can. For example, we're connecting health clinics like Nehan's to clean water and distributing emergency cash for urgent supplies and food.


In Yemen, ongoing conflict, political volatility and economic instability have displaced 3 million people over the past four years, leaving:

  • 17.8 million people without reliable access to food
  • 16 million people without safe water
  • 16.4 million without adequate health care

The country is on the brink of famine, in the midst of the worst cholera outbreak in recorded history, with an economy on the edge of collapse. Thanks to your support, Mercy Corps is there, partnering with peer organizations and local community members to help people survive the crisis.

One family's fight against cholera ▸
In Yemen, a father transforms an entire community ▸
Quick facts: What you need to know about the crisis in Yemen ▸

Empowering Local Changemakers

Mercy Corps' global community of humanitarians stretches across beliefs and borders. It includes donors like you, team members, corporate partners, peer organisations, governments and, most importantly, the people in the communities we serve. To spark real and lasting change, we offer training and resources to help people become their own agents of change. We invest in the power of individuals to improve their own lives and contribute to a brighter future for their communities.

Editar reclaims her power in Kenya ▸
How a playground helped Farat find her voice ▸

Impact Report 2018 Innovation

As technology transforms every aspect of modern life, millions of people are still struggling to meet basic needs and build secure lives for their families. With your support, we're harnessing the enormous potential of technology and collaborating with public and private organizations to pioneer new solutions in struggling communities. Together, we're helping people adapt to climate change, overcome economic hardship, survive through conflict and change their lives for the better.

Connecting refugees to critical information on their phones ▸
7 tech trends that are transforming humanitarian aid ▸
How to hack hate speech in Nigeria ▸